The ontogeny of the social structure in a captive Bombus terrestris colony

  title={The ontogeny of the social structure in a captive Bombus terrestris colony},
  author={Cor G. J. van Honk and Pauline Hogeweg},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
SummaryIn this paper the results are presented of an analysis of the interaction—structure and dominance hierarchy in a captive Bombus terrestris colony. The results show that:1.The workers start their lives at a position on the hierarchical ladder far removed from that of the queen and subsequently approach the queen. Once a worker has reached a position on the queen-side of the axis, established in a principal co-ordinate analysis (PCA), she remains on that side until the queen leaves the… 
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