Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana

B. P. Oldroyd*, L. A. Halling, G. Good, W. Wattanachaiyingcharoen, A. B. Barton, P. Nanork, S. Wongsiri, F. L W Ratnieks

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Workers of the Asian hive bee, Apis cerana, are shown to have relatively high rates of worker ovary activation. In colonies with an active queen and brood nest, 1-5% of workers have eggs in their ovarioles. When A. cerana colonies are dequeened, workers rapidly activate their ovaries. After 4 days 15% have activated ovaries and after 6 days, 40%. A cerana police worker-laid 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. Nevertheless, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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