A genetic component to division of labour within honey bee colonies

  title={A genetic component to division of labour within honey bee colonies},
  author={Peter C Frumhoff and Jayne Baker},
Division of labour among nestmate workers is central to the colonial organization and ecological success of the eusocial Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps)1. Workers characteristically divide labour through (1) ontogenetic changes in individual behaviour2,3 and (2) inter-individual variation in behavioural repertoire3,4. On the basis of current evidence, optimization models of colony demography3,5,6 assume that variation among nestmates in behavioural repertoire arises solely through variation… CONTINUE READING
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