Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 1–15

Variation in worker response to honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) queen mandibular pheromone (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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

DOI: 10.1007/BF01989823

Cite this article as:
Pankiw, T., Winston, M.L. & Slessor, K.N. J Insect Behav (1994) 7: 1. doi:10.1007/BF01989823

Abstract

Genetic and environmental influences on the worker honey bee retinue response to queen mandibular gland pheromone (QMP) were investigated. Worker progeny were reared from queens originating from four sources: Australia, New Zealand, and two locations in British Columbia, Canada (Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Island). Progeny from New Zealand queens responded significantly higher (P < 0.05) than progeny from Australia in a QMP retinue bioassay. Retinue response was not related to queen production of pheromone or colony environment, and the strain-dependent differences in retinue bioassay responses were maintained over a wide range of dosages. Selected high- and low-responding colonies were bioassayed over the course of 1 year. High-responding colonies contacted QMP lures more frequently than low-responding colonies (P < 0.05) throughout the year except in late summer. We conclude that there is a strong genetic component to QMP response by worker honey bees, as well as a seasonal effect on response.

Key words

queen mandibular pheromone retinue response honey bee Apis mellifera 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

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

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