Nest defence in a stingless bee: What causes fighting swarms in Trigona carbonaria (Hymenoptera, Meliponini)?

@article{Gloag2008NestDI,
  title={Nest defence in a stingless bee: What causes fighting swarms in Trigona carbonaria (Hymenoptera, Meliponini)?},
  author={R. Gloag and T. Heard and M. Beekman and B. Oldroyd},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2008},
  volume={55},
  pages={387-391}
}
  • R. Gloag, T. Heard, +1 author B. Oldroyd
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • Abstract.The Australian stingless bee Trigona carbonaria sometimes displays a striking collective behaviour, known as a ‘fighting swarm’ in which thousands of workers fight and die. Molecular analysis of eight naturally-occurring fights showed they almost always comprise just two colonies, one of which is located within 2 m of the fight. Fighting swarms were experimentally triggered by manipulating colonies so that they received non-nestmate workers. Combined, our investigations suggest that T… CONTINUE READING
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