Characterization of queen-specific components of the fluid released by fighting honey bee queens

Abstract

Swarming honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies rear supernumerary young queens that compete for the limited resources (workers) necessary for founding a new colony. Young queens often fight to death. During fights, queens often release rectal fluid with a strong smell of grapes, after which they temporarily stop fighting. This potentially reduces the risk… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s000490050049

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