Factors influencing the egg laying of workers in a captive Bombus terrestris colony

  title={Factors influencing the egg laying of workers in a captive Bombus terrestris colony},
  author={Cor G. J. van Honk and P. -F. R{\"o}seler and Hayo H. W. Velthuis and J. C. Hoogeveen},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Summary1.The egg-laying behaviour of Bombus terrestris workers was studied in a captive colony by means of video recordings, in order to determine factors that make workers become egg-laying workers.2.The size of a worker as a factor determining her to become a laying worker is only important for the workers that are born from the first batch of eggs. The sequence in which workers are born determines which workers are to become egg-laying workers and which are not.3.Prospective egg-laying… 
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