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Behavioural studies on queen introduction in the honeybee. 1. Effect of the age of workers (from a colony with a laying queen) on their behaviour towards an introduced virgin queen



Behavioural studies on queen introduction in the honeybee. 1. Effect of the age of workers (from a colony with a laying queen) on their behaviour towards an introduced virgin queen



Journal of Apicultural Research 13(1): 19-25



The age of the workers influenced their behaviour towards a virgin queen introduced to them. Young workers (7 days old) accepted an introduced virgin queen, whereas older workers (14 or 21 days) usually rejected her. Workers 14 days old were more aggressive than those 21 days old. The "aggression score" increased linearly in workers from 8 to 12 days old.

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DOI: 10.1080/00218839.1974.11099754


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