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A quantitative study of food transfer between worker and drone honeybees

, : A quantitative study of food transfer between worker and drone honeybees. Insectes Sociaux 29(2): 268-279

In soliciting food from workers, other workers were more successful than drones This can be explained by behavioural differences which are now described; the duration of the contacts between a male and a worker is shorter than that between two workers. Also a drone soliciting food strokes his antennae over the sides and upper part of the worker, but rarely over the mouthparts where there are many mechano-receptors which are involved in stimulating regurgitation.

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