Sneaky queens in Melipona bees selectively detect and infiltrate queenless colonies

@article{Oystaeyen2013SneakyQI,
  title={Sneaky queens in Melipona bees selectively detect and infiltrate queenless colonies},
  author={A. V. Oystaeyen and D. A. Alves and R. C. Oliveira and D. Nascimento and F. Nascimento and J. Billen and T. Wenseleers},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2013},
  volume={86},
  pages={603-609}
}
Insect societies are characterized by advanced cooperation, but at the same time the complexity of their colonies renders them susceptible to reproductive parasitism. Recently, a genetic study on the Brazilian stingless bee Melipona scutellaris showed that unrelated queens frequently invade and take over colonies in which the mother queen had died. In the present study, we investigated this phenomenon using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. We confirmed that alien queen take-overs are… Expand

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