Antennal sensilla of the queen, half-queen and worker of the Egyptian honey bee, Apis mellifera lamarckii
A S Abou Zeid; B Schricker
The number and distribution of the various types of antennal sensilla of queens, half-queens and workers of Apis mellifera lamarckii were examined. Sensilla placodea (SP), sensilla ampullacea (SA), sensilla coeloconica (sq, sensilla campaniformia (SCF), sensilla basiconica (SB) and sensilla trichodea (ST) (types A, B1+B2 and C+D) were observed on flagella of the three female types of bee. Queens and half-queens had similar numbers of most types of sensilla; queens had fewer SC and more ST types C+D, The numbers of SCF and SC varied most among bee types. The total number of ST type B, ST type A and SB showed greatest weights in discrimination analysis of the three types of flagella. Three well-separated groups representing the three types of flagella were obtained by using discriminant analysis.
honey bees, Apis mellifera lamarckii, caste differentiation, half-queens, queens, workers, antennae, antennal sensilla, sense organs