It's good to be queen: classically eusocial colony structure and low worker fitness in an obligately social sweat bee.

@article{Richards2005ItsGT,
  title={It's good to be queen: classically eusocial colony structure and low worker fitness in an obligately social sweat bee.},
  author={Miriam H. Richards and Deanna French and Robert J Paxton},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={14 13},
  pages={
          4123-33
        }
}
Lasioglossum malachurum, a bee species common across much of Europe, is obligately eusocial across its range but exhibits clear geographic variation in demography and social behaviour. This variation suggests that social interactions between queens and workers, opportunities for worker oviposition, and patterns of relatedness among nest mates may vary considerably, both within and among regions. In this study, we used three microsatellite loci with 12-18 alleles each to examine the sociogenetic… CONTINUE READING
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