Reversible royalty in worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) under the queen influence

@article{Malka2006ReversibleRI,
  title={Reversible royalty in worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) under the queen influence},
  author={Osnat Malka and Shiri Shnieor and Abraham Hefetz and Tamar Katzav-Gozansky},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={61},
  pages={465-473}
}
In most social insects, worker sterility is reversible, and in the absence of the queen, at least some workers develop ovaries and lay male-destined eggs. In the honeybee, reproductive workers also produce queen-characteristic mandibular and Dufour’s pheromones. The evolution of worker sterility is still under debate as to whether it is caused by queen manipulation (queen-control hypothesis) or represents worker fitness maximization (worker-control hypothesis). In this study, we investigated… CONTINUE READING
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