Life expectancy and onset of foraging in the honeybee (Apis mellifera)

@article{Woyciechowski2009LifeEA,
  title={Life expectancy and onset of foraging in the honeybee (Apis mellifera)},
  author={Michał Woyciechowski and Dawid Mor{\'o}n},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2009},
  volume={56},
  pages={193-201}
}
Predictions that precocious foraging in honeybee workers is a result of shortening of their life expectancy were tested in both laboratory and field experiments. In the laboratory experiment, we assessed the impact of anaesthesia with CO2 and infection with Nosema apis on the lifespan of workers. In the field experiment, the age at onset of foraging was observed in groups of workers with different expected lifespans. In both the experiments, workers originating from one queen inseminated with… CONTINUE READING
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