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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 251–255 | Cite as

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

  • S. Wongvilas
  • S. Deowanish
  • J. Lim
  • V. R. D. Xie
  • O. W. Griffith
  • B. P. Oldroyd
Research Article

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 fitness Hamilton’s rule Colony amalgamations 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Madeleine Beekman for comments on this manuscript. The work was supported by an Australian Research Council grant to M. Beekman and B. Oldroyd and by the TRF/BIOTEC Special Program for Biodiversity Research and Training, grant BRT R251137.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Wongvilas
    • 1
  • S. Deowanish
    • 1
  • J. Lim
    • 2
  • V. R. D. Xie
    • 2
  • O. W. Griffith
    • 2
  • B. P. Oldroyd
    • 2
  1. 1.Center of Excellence in Entomology: Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites, Department of BiologyChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.School of Biological Sciences A12University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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