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The mechanism of queen elimination in two-queen honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies



The mechanism of queen elimination in two-queen honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies



Journal of Apicultural Research 33(2): 87-94



Observation hives were used to study queen and worker interactions in two-queen honey bee colonies after removal of queen excluders. Aggression between queens involving stinging attacks was the principal mechanism of queen elimination. Workers were not aggressive towards queens. Queens appeared to recognize other queens only at short distances (< 3.5 cm), or upon direct contact. Characteristic fighting postures and general fighting patterns were identified.

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DOI: 10.1080/00218839.1994.11100855


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