Social parasitism by honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.): evidence for pheromonal resistance to host queen’s signals

@article{Dietemann2006SocialPB,
  title={Social parasitism by honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.): evidence for pheromonal resistance to host queen’s signals},
  author={Vincent Dietemann and Jochen Pflugfelder and S. Haertel and Peter Neumann and Robin M. Crewe},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={60},
  pages={785-793}
}
Social parasites exploit their host’s communication system to usurp resources and reproduce. In the honeybee, Apis mellifera, worker reproduction is regulated by pheromones produced by the queen and the brood. Workers usually reproduce when the queen is removed and young brood is absent. However, Cape honeybee workers, Apis mellifera capensis, are facultative intraspecific social parasites and can take over reproduction from the host queen. Investigating the manner in which parasitic workers… CONTINUE READING

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