Patriline differences in emergency queen rearing in the honey bee, Apis mellifera

Châline, N, Ratnieks, F L W, Arnold, G and Papin, C (2003) Patriline differences in emergency queen rearing in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Insectes Sociaux, 50 (3). pp. 234-236. ISSN 0020-1812

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Abstract

In the polyandrous honey bee, Apis mellifera, workers can potentially increase their inclusive fitness by rearing full-sister queens. If the mother queen dies suddenly, workers feed a few larvae in worker cells with royal jelly and rear them into queens (emergency queen rearing). Using DNA microsatellite markers we determined the patriline of emergency queens reared in two colonies headed by naturally-mated queens before being made queenless. We found that some patrilines were reared more than others in one colony, but not in the other. These differences between colonies suggest that selective rearing is not always present and this might explain the mixed results of previous nepotism studies in the honey bee.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Francis Ratnieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:02
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 13:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29204
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