Retinue attraction and ovary activation: responses of wild type and anarchistic honey bees (Apis mellifera) to queen and brood pheromones

@article{Hoover2005RetinueAA,
  title={Retinue attraction and ovary activation: responses of wild type and anarchistic honey bees (Apis mellifera) to queen and brood pheromones},
  author={Shelley E. R. Hoover and Mark L. Winston and Benjamin P. Oldroyd},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={59},
  pages={278-284}
}
In most social insect colonies, workers do not attempt to lay eggs in the presence of a queen. However, in the honey bee (Apis mellifera), a rare phenotype occurs in which workers activate their ovaries and lay large numbers of male eggs despite the presence of a fecund queen. We examined the proximate mechanisms by which this ‘anarchistic’ behaviour is expressed. We tested the effects of brood and queen pheromones on retinue attraction and worker ovary activation using caged worker bees. We… CONTINUE READING