The role of the vibration signal during queen competition in colonies of the honeybee, <ce:italic>Apis mellifera</ce:italic>

@article{Schneider2001TheRO,
  title={The role of the vibration signal during queen competition in colonies of the honeybee, <ce:italic>Apis mellifera</ce:italic>},
  author={Stanley Scott Schneider and S. Painter-Kurt and Gloria Degrandi-Hoffman},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2001},
  volume={61},
  pages={1173-1180}
}
Temporary polygyny (the presence of multiple queens) occurs in honeybee colonies when virgin queens (VQs) are reared for reproductive swarming or queen replacement. During these events, workers perform vibration signals on queen cells and emerged queens, and these signals may influence which VQ becomes the new laying queen of a colony. We examined the role of vibration signals during queen competition in two African and six European honeybee colonies. There was pronounced variability in… CONTINUE READING

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