Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana.

Oldroyd, Benjamin P, Halling, Luke A, Good, Gregory, Wattanachaiyingcharoen, Wandee, Barron, Andrew B, Nanork, Piyamas, Wongsiri, Siriwat and Ratnieks, Francis L (2001) Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50 (4). pp. 371-377. ISSN 0340-5443

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Abstract

Workers of the Asian hive bee, Apis cerana, are shown to have relatively high rates of worker ovary activation. In colonies with an active queen and brood nest, 1-5% of workers have eggs in their ovarioles. When A. cerana colonies are dequeened, workers rapidly activate their ovaries. After 4 days 15% have activated ovaries and after 6 days, 40%. A cerana police worker-laid eggs in the same way that A. florea and A. mellifera do, but are perhaps slightly more tolerant of worker-laid eggs than the other species. Nevertheless, no worker's sons were detected in a sample of 652 pupal males sampled from 4 queenright colonies. A cerana continue to police worker-laid eggs, even after worker oviposition has commenced in a queenless colony.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30197
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