bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, October 10, 2005

Loss of queen leads to anarchy

Working policing -- how workers police colonies by eating other workers' eggs -- is the focus of an article in Nature.

In a study of Apis florea at the University of Sydney, researchers found that when the queen dies, worker policing stops, worker egg laying increases and parasitic bees invade the colony. The report here leaves a lot of loose ends, but makes interesting reading.


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