Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 371–377

Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana

Authors

  • Benjamin P. Oldroyd
    • School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  • Luke A. Halling
    • School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  • Gregory Good
    • School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  • Wandee Wattanachaiyingcharoen
    • Bee Biology Research Unit, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Andrew B. Barron
    • School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  • Piyamas Nanork
    • Bee Biology Research Unit, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Siriwat Wongsiri
    • Bee Biology Research Unit, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Francis L. Ratnieks
    • Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s002650100376

Cite this article as:
Oldroyd, B.P., Halling, L.A., Good, G. et al. Behav Ecol Sociobiol (2001) 50: 371. doi:10.1007/s002650100376

Abstract.

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.

Apis cerana Worker policing Oophagy Laying workers Worker sterility

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