Division of labour among worker honey bees homozygous and heterozygous for the mutant allele chartreuse-limão (chli)

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 37 (4) pp.255-259
Date
December 1998
 
Article Title

Division of labour among worker honey bees homozygous and heterozygous for the mutant allele chartreuse-limão (chli)

Author(s)

Rosana Dealmeida; Ademilson Espencer Egea Soares

Abstract

The division of labour among worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) homozygous (chli/chli) and heterozygous (chli/+) for the mutant eye colour allele chartreuse limão (chli) was observed daily for five months. Sixteen different activities were studied. The chli/+ bees behave normally in the hive, but the abnormal eye pigmentation associated with chli affects orientation and flight of chli/chli bees, thereby reducing lifespan, and preventing normal activity outside the hive.

Keywords

Apis mellifera, worker honey bees, division of labour, eye-colour mutant, chartreuse-limão, allele, genetics

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