Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 371–378

Queen attendance behavior of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) that are high and low responding to queen mandibular pheromone

  • T. Pankiw
  • M. L. Winston
  • K. N. Slessor
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01242165

Cite this article as:
Pankiw, T., Winston, M.L. & Slessor, K.N. Ins. Soc (1995) 42: 371. doi:10.1007/BF01242165

Summary

Queen attendance behavior of workers from selected honey bee colonies with high and low worker retinue response to synthetic queen mandibular gland pheromone (QMP) was investigated. Antennating, licking, grooming, and feeding of the queen by workers from high and low responding colonies were examined. High and low QMP responding workers did not attend the queen differently. However, workers originating from different colonies antennated and licked the queen more frequently than others, suggesting there may be a genetic basis for queen attendance behavior not necessarily associated with response to QMP. The median age of queen attendance was independent of strain.

Key words

Apis melliferaqueen pheromonequeen attendance

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Pankiw
    • 1
  • M. L. Winston
    • 1
  • K. N. Slessor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Department of ChemistrySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada