Kin recognition in the sweat bee,Lasioglossum zephyrum

  title={Kin recognition in the sweat bee,Lasioglossum zephyrum},
  author={L. Greenberg},
  journal={Behavior Genetics},
  • L. Greenberg
  • Published 1988
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Behavior Genetics
  • Recognition of kin in sweat bees is dependent upon social learning. Shortly after emergence as adults, bees learn the odors of nestmates, normally relatives, and use this knowledge to keep nonnestmate (and therefore nonkin) bees out. The odors are heritable so that once a bee learns the odors of its kin, it can recognize other kin that it has never met before. An individual guard bee does not seem to use knowledge of self as a reference. Larval learning of odors, common rearing of offspring… CONTINUE READING
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