Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 339–344 | Cite as

Solitary and eusocial nests in a population of Augochlorella striata (Provancher) (Hymenoptera; Halictidae) at the northern edge of its range

  • Laurence Packer


Augochlorella striata was studied at the northern limit of its range. The study population contained a mixture of solitary and social nest foundresses. Eusocial foundresses produced 1 or 2 workers before switching to a male biased brood. Solitary foundresses produced males first. Cells vacated by eclosed offspring were reused late in summer. A female biased brood resulted from cell reuse in both solitary and eusocial nests. Workers were slightly smaller than their mothers and were sterile although most of them mated. In comparison to published data from a Kansas population of this species, the Nova Scotia population had i) a lower proportion of multiple foundress nests, ii) a smaller worker brood and iii) a briefer period of foraging activity but iv) comparable overall nest productivity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Packer
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyYork UniversityN. YorkCanada

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