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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 335–338 | Cite as

Discrimination of nestmate workers and drones in honeybees

  • W. H. Kirchner
  • R. Gadagkar
Short Communication

Summary

Discrimination of nestmates from non-nestmates has mainly been investigated in female social insects. Little is known about discrimination of males. Here we show that under natural conditions at the nest entrance, honeybee workers can discriminate nestmate drones from non-nestmate drones as effectively as they can discriminate nestmate workers from non-nestmate workers.

Key words

Nestmate discrimination sociobiology Apis mellifera 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. H. Kirchner
    • 1
  • R. Gadagkar
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Verhaltensphysiologie und SoziobiologieTheodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften der UniversitätWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Indian Institute of ScienceCentre for Ecological SciencesBangaloreIndia

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