Worker reproductive parasitism in naturally orphaned colonies of the Asian red dwarf honey bee, Apis florea

@article{Chapman2009WorkerRP,
  title={Worker reproductive parasitism in naturally orphaned colonies of the Asian red dwarf honey bee, Apis florea},
  author={Nadine C. Chapman and Jessica S. Higgs and Wandee Wattanachaiyingcharoen and Madeleine Beekman and Benjamin P. Oldroyd},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2009},
  volume={57},
  pages={163-167}
}
The truce between honey bee (Apis spp.) workers over reproduction is broken in the absence of their queen. Queenright workers generally abstain from personal reproduction, raising only the queen’s offspring. Queenless workers activate their ovaries, produce eggs, and reduce the rate at which they destroy worker-laid eggs, so that some eggs are reared to maturity. Reduced policing of worker-laid eggs renders queenless nests vulnerable to worker reproductive parasitism (WRP), and may result in… CONTINUE READING