Genetic determination of nectar foraging, pollen foraging, and nest-site scouting in honey bee colonies

Gene E. Robinson, Robert E. Page

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Abstract

Allozyme analyses of honey bee workers revealed significant differences in the intracolonial subfamily composition of groups of nectar foragers, pollen foragers, and nest-site scouts. These differences demonstrate that colony genetic structure influences the division of labor among older foraging-age bees just as it does for younger workers. The maintenance of genetic variability for the behavior of individual workers and its possible effects on the organization of colonies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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