Colony disturbance and solitary nest initiation by workers in the obligately eusocial sweat bee, Halictus ligatus

@article{Rehan2013ColonyDA,
  title={Colony disturbance and solitary nest initiation by workers in the obligately eusocial sweat bee, Halictus ligatus},
  author={Sandra M Rehan and Alessandro Rotella and Thomas M. Onuferko and Miriam H. Richards},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2013},
  volume={60},
  pages={389-392}
}
Sweat bees are one of the most socially polymorphic lineages on the planet. In obligately eusocial species, newly enclosed females may become either queens or workers, depending on the environmental and social circumstances of the nest into which they emerge. In socially polymorphic species, females also have the option of nesting solitarily, founding a nest and raising future reproductives alone, without the help of other adult females. Halictus ligatus is a widespread Nearctic, ground-nesting… CONTINUE READING

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