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Mating behaviour of drone honey bees with queen models (Apis mellifera L.)

Mating behaviour of drone honey bees with queen models (Apis mellifera L.)

Animal Behaviour 19(2): 299-304

Wooden models of queens, provided with a device simulating various depths and diameters of sting chamber, were coated with the crushed head contents of a virgin queen ( to provide the mating attractant pheromones). A model was then attached to a cage containing a living queen and 5-15 m above the ground. During 762 observed mountings on models with an open sting chamber, 240 drones "mated" with the models, and 85% of these everted their endophallus with 6 s.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0003-3472(71)80010-6

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