The effect of different periods of brood isolation on subsequent brood-cell visits by worker honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)
J. B. Free, A. W. Ferguson And Jacqueline R. Simpkins
Cells containing honeybee larvae were isolated from contact with workers for periods from 15 min to 24 h. Those which had been isolated for up to 90 min, subsequently received more worker visits than did unisolated ones. Isolation for periods of 3 h or more led to increases in larval mortality. In one test, isolated cells which contained eggs were also visited more than unisolated controls.