Pheromonal dominance and the selection of a socially parasitic honeybee worker lineage (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.).

@article{Dietemann2007PheromonalDA,
  title={Pheromonal dominance and the selection of a socially parasitic honeybee worker lineage (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.).},
  author={Vincent Dietemann and Peter Neumann and S. Haertel and Christian W W Pirk and Robin M Crewe},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={997-1007}
}
The recent invasion by self-replicating socially parasitic Cape honeybee workers, Apis mellifera capensis, of colonies of the neighbouring African subspecies Apis mellifera scutellata represents an opportunity to study evolution of intraspecific parasitism in real time. As honeybee workers compete pheromonally for reproductive dominance, and as A. m. capensis workers readily produce queen-like pheromones, we hypothesized that these semiochemicals promoted the evolution of intraspecific social… CONTINUE READING
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