Reproductive competition in queenless honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera L.)

  title={Reproductive competition in queenless honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera L.)},
  author={Robert E. Page and Gene E. Robinson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Previously we reported that there are subfamily differences in drone production in queenless honey bee colonies, but these biases are not always explained by subfamily differences in oviposition behavior. Here we determine whether these puzzling results are best explained by either inadequate sampling of the laying worker population or reproductive conflict among workers resulting in differential treatment of eggs and larvae. Using colonies composed of workers from electrophoretically distinct… CONTINUE READING
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