Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 251–255

Interspecific and conspecific colony mergers in the dwarf honey bees Apis andreniformis and A. florea

Authors

  • S. Wongvilas
    • Center of Excellence in Entomology: Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites, Department of BiologyChulalongkorn University
  • S. Deowanish
    • Center of Excellence in Entomology: Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites, Department of BiologyChulalongkorn University
  • J. Lim
    • School of Biological Sciences A12University of Sydney
  • V. R. D. Xie
    • School of Biological Sciences A12University of Sydney
  • O. W. Griffith
    • School of Biological Sciences A12University of Sydney
    • School of Biological Sciences A12University of Sydney
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00040-010-0080-7

Cite this article as:
Wongvilas, S., Deowanish, S., Lim, J. et al. Insect. Soc. (2010) 57: 251. doi:10.1007/s00040-010-0080-7

Abstract

The dwarf honey bees Apis florea and A. andreniformis are sympatric in southeast Asia. We translocated eight A. florea colonies and four A. andreniformis colonies to an orchard near Sai Yoke, Thailand. After 2 days, we dequeened half of the colonies. Microsatellite genotyping showed that a queenless A. florea colony merged with a queenright A. florea colony, and a queenless A. andreniformis colony merged with a queenright A. florea colony. The inter-specific merger in particular shows that colonies can combine without direct kin benefits, and that colony mergers probably arise through strong queen attraction.

Keywords

Inclusive fitnessHamilton’s ruleColony amalgamations

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