Nutritional status influences socially regulated foraging ontogeny in honey bees.

  title={Nutritional status influences socially regulated foraging ontogeny in honey bees.},
  author={Amy L Toth and Sara Kantarovich and Adam F Meisel and Gene E. Robinson},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={208 Pt 24},
In many social insects, including honey bees, worker energy reserve levels are correlated with task performance in the colony. Honey bee nest workers have abundant stored lipid and protein while foragers are depleted of these reserves; this depletion precedes the shift from nest work to foraging. The first objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that lipid depletion has a causal effect on the age at onset of foraging in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). We found that bees treated with… CONTINUE READING
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