Migration and dispersal of spermatozoa in spermathecae of queen honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)
- 69 Downloads
Observations of variability in the phenotypic composition of honeybee colonies through time have led to ad hoc hypotheses concerning the distribution of spermatozoa in multiply mated honeybee queens. These hypotheses are not supported by available data. Serial sections of spermathecae from honeybee queens were examined by light microscopy. No obvious physical evidence was observed of agglomerations, aggregations, clumps, layers, or wads of spermatozoa within spermathecae within 24 h of insemination. A hypothesis is proposed explaining the occurrence of fluctuations of progeny phenotypes.
KeywordsMicroscopy Migration Light Microscopy Agglomeration Apis Mellifera
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Taber, S., J. Econ. Entomol.48 (1955) 522.Google Scholar
- 4.Kerr, W.E., Martinho, M.R., Goncalves, L.S., Rev. Bras. Genet.3 (1980) 339.Google Scholar
- 5.Laidlaw, H.H., Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens. Dadant and Sons, Inc., Hamilton, Ill. 1977.Google Scholar
- 7.Ruttner, F., Insectes soc.3 (1956) 351.Google Scholar
- 9.Gesner, B., and Ruttner, F., Apidologie8 (1977) 1.Google Scholar
- 10.Lensky, Y., and Schindler, H., Annls Abeille10 (1967) 5; plate 4, fig. 4.Google Scholar
- 11.Ruttner, F., Enbergs, H., and Kriesten, K., Apidologie2 (1971) 67; fig. 1a.Google Scholar
- 12.Bishop, G.H., J. exp. Zool.31 (1920) 267.Google Scholar
- 14.Harbo, J.R., J. apic Res.18 (1979) 204.Google Scholar