Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana

Citation
Bp. Oldroyd et al., Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana, BEHAV ECO S, 50(4), 2001, pp. 371-377
Citations number
32
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY
ISSN journal
0340-5443 → ACNP
Volume
50
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
371 - 377
Database
ISI
SICI code
0340-5443(200109)50:4<371:WPAWRI>2.0.ZU;2-I
Abstract
Workers of the Asian hive bee, Apis cerana, are shown to have relatively hi gh rates of worker ovary activation. In colonies with an active queen and b rood nest, 1-5% of workers have eggs in their ovarioles. When A. cerana col onies are dequeened, workers rapidly activate their ovaries. After 4 days 1 5% have activated ovaries and after 6 days, 40%. A cerana police worker-lai d eggs in the same way that A. florea and A. mellifera do, but are perhaps slightly more tolerant of worker-laid eggs than the other species. Neverthe less, no worker's sons were detected in a sample of 652 pupal males sampled from 4 queenright colonies. A cerana continue to police worker-laid eggs, even after worker oviposition has commenced in a queenless colony.