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Behavioural studies on queen introduction in the honeybee 3. Relationship between queen attractiveness to workers and worker aggressiveness towards a queen



Behavioural studies on queen introduction in the honeybee 3. Relationship between queen attractiveness to workers and worker aggressiveness towards a queen



Journal of Apicultural Research 13(3): 161-171



Workers in 4 colonies were not more attracted to their own mated laying queen in a cage than to a strange mated laying queen. One of the latter queens, however, had no mandibular glands, and she was significantly less attractive than 3 normal queens. The workers of 2 colonies were significantly less attracted to the four queens than were the 4 other colonies tested. Individual variations in attractiveness of 20 sister laying queens of same age were observed.

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DOI: 10.1080/00218839.1974.11099774


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