Influence of the amount of eggs and larvae in honeybee colonies on temporal division of labour

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 25 (4) pp. 238-241
Date
June 1986
Article Title

Influence of the amount of eggs and larvae in honeybee colonies on temporal division of labour

Author(s)

Mark L. Winston And Linda A. Fergusson

Abstract

The influence of the amount of eggs and larvae (unsealed brood) in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies on temporal division of labour was investigated. Within normal ranges of unsealed brood, there were no changes in either foraging age or worker longevity (length of life) between colonies with low, medium and high amounts of eggs and larvae. Previous studies have shown positive correlations between unsealed brood and pollen collection. It is suggested that colonies responded first to changes in the quantity of eggs.

Keywords

brood, eggs, larvae, temporal division, foraging age, worker bees

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