+ Translate
+ Most Popular
Advantages and disadvantages of bordeaux mixture and of lime-sulphur used on apples in the growing season
Observations on the Umaria marine bed
10 years of hearing conservation in the Royal Air Force
Chocolate crumb - dairy ingredient for milk chocolate
Effect of daily gelatin ingestion on human scalp hair
Comparison of rice bran and maize bran as feeds for growing and fattening pigs
The composition of pampas-grass (Cortaderia argentea.)
The Accraian Series:
The mechanism of the Liebermann-Burchard reaction of sterols and triterpenes and their esters
Cerebrovascular Doppler ultrasound studies (cv-Doppler)
Toria: PT-303 - first national variety
Hair growth promoting activity of tridax procumbens
Productivity of Pekin x Khaki Campbell ducks
A stable cytosolic expression of VH antibody fragment directed against PVY NIa protein in transgenic potato plant confers partial protection against the virus
Solar treatment of wheat loose smut
Swimmers itch in the Lake of Garda
Bactofugation and the Bactotherm process
The effects of prefrontal lobotomy on aggressive behavior in dogs
Visual rating scales for screening whorl-stage corn for resistance to fall armyworm
Breakdown of seamounts at the trench axis, viewed from gravity anomaly
Kooken; pennsylvania's toughest cave
Recovery of new dinosaur and other fossils from the Early Cretaceous Arundel Clay facies (Potomac Group) of central Maryland, U.S.A
Zubor horny (Bison bonasus) v prirodnych podmienkach Slovensku
The extended Widal test in the diagnosis of fevers due to Salmonella infection
Hair of the american mastodon indicates an adaptation to a semi aquatic habitat

Different policing rates of eggs laid by queenright and queenless anarchistic honey-bee workers (Apis mellifera L.)

Different policing rates of eggs laid by queenright and queenless anarchistic honey-bee workers (Apis mellifera L.)

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 54(5): 480-484

ISSN/ISBN: 0340-5443

DOI: 10.1007/s00265-003-0647-7

Worker-reproduction is rare in queenright honey-bee colonies. When workers do lay eggs, their eggs are normally eaten by other workers presumably because they lack the queen's egg-marking signal. Workers use the absence of this queen signal to enforce the queen's reproductive monopoly by policing any worker-laid eggs. In contrast, in anarchistic colonies, the majority of the males arise from worker-laid eggs. Anarchistic worker-laid eggs escape policing because workers perceive anarchistic eggs as queen-laid. However, in this study, we show that eggs laid by queenless anarchistic workers do not escape policing and have very similar removal rates to worker-laid eggs from queenless wild-type (i.e. non-anarchistic) colonies. This suggests that, under queenless conditions, eggs laid by anarchistic workers lose their chemical protection and are therefore no longer perceived as queen-laid. Hence, the egg-marking signal seems to be only applied to eggs when queen and brood are present. This suggests that in the absence of queen and brood, the biosynthetic pathway that produces the egg-marking signal is switched off.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 003713173

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

Related references

Different Policing Rates of Eggs Laid by Queenright and Queenless Anarchistic Honey-Bee Workers (Apis mellifera L.). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 54(5): 480-484, 2003

Evolution of Worker Sterility in Honey-Bees (Apis mellifera): How Anarchistic Workers Evade Policing by Laying Eggs That Have Low Removal Rates. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 47(4): 268-273, 2000

The relationships between different ages of honey bee, Apis mellifera workers and body weight, hypopharyngeal glands and ovaries development in queenless and queenright colonies. Assiut Journal of Agricultural Sciences 32(4): 65-78, 2001

Evolution of worker sterility in honey-bees How anarchistic workers evade policing by laying eggs that have low removal rates. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 47(4): 268-273, 2000

Several workers lay eggs in the same brood cell in queenless honey bee Apis mellifera colonies. Insectes Sociaux 56(1): 103-105, 2009

Do policing honey bee (Apis mellifera) workers target eggs in drone comb?. Insectes Sociaux 50(1): 59-61, 2003

Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera, Apini) ovary development in queens and in workers from queenright and queenless colonies. Sociobiology 42(3): 771-780, 2003

Worker policing persists in a hopelessly queenless honey bee colony (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux 51(2): 113-116, 2004

The timing of worker reproduction and breakdown of policing behaviour in queenless honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) societies. Insectes Sociaux 48(2): 178-184, 2001

Spatial differences in worker policing facilitate social parasitism of Cape honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.) in queenright host colonies. Insectes Sociaux 50(2): 109-112, 2003

The vibration dance behavior of queenless workers of the honey bee apis mellifera hymenoptera apidae. Journal of Insect Behavior 4(3): 319-332, 1991

Similar policing rates of eggs laid by virgin and mated honey-bee queens. Die Naturwissenschaften 91(12): 598-601, 2004

Effects of age and Reproductive Status on Tergal Gland Secretions in Queenless Honey bee Workers, Apis mellifera scutellata and A. m. capensis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 41(10): 896-903, 2015

Social parasitism by workers in queenless and queenright Apis cerana colonies. Molecular Ecology 16(5): 1107-1114, 2007

Morphological differences between worker-laid eggs from a queenright colony and a queenless colony of Melipona rufiventris paraensis (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Entomologische Berichten (Amsterdam): 446: 91-95, 1984