Social competition among gynes in halictine bees: The influence of bee size and pheromones on behavior

@article{Smith2005SocialCA,
  title={Social competition among gynes in halictine bees: The influence of bee size and pheromones on behavior},
  author={Brian H. Smith and Cornelia Weller},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={2},
  pages={397-411}
}
Solitary gynes of two species of social bees, Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) malachurumand L. (E.) pauxillum(Hymenoptera: Halictidae), were observed in the field and in the laboratory during the solitary (spring) phase of their life cycles. Fighting over nests among gynes of the former species is common when nests are being provisioned and can result in serious injury or even death to one or both interactants. The payoff is occasional acquisition of a nest. In contrast, fighting was never observed in… CONTINUE READING