Monday, March 10, 2008

Some Peculiar Honey Bees

"Lindauer's (1952) bee number 107, possibly the most observed bee in history, spent parts of the eigth day of her life resting, patrolling, eating pollen, cleaning cells, tending brood, and building and capping comb"

"and a few workers observed by Winston and Punnett (1982) , which spent much of their lives grooming other workers.

"Occasionally a worker will be observed to perform only one task during most of her lifetime, such as Robinson, Underwood and Henderson's (1984) bee Yellow 57, which spent the last 14 days of her life collecting water."

Mark L. Winston, "the biology of the honey bee"

Lindauer, M. 1952. "Ein Beitrag zur Frage der Arbeisteilung im Beinsenstaat. Z. vergl. physiol. 34: 299-345 Transl in Bee World 34:63-73, 85-90

Robinson G. E. , B. A. Underwood and C. E. Henderson (1984) "a highly specialized water collecting honeybee." Apidologie 15:355-358

Winston M. L. and E. N. Punnett 1982. "factors determining temporal division of labor in bees" Can. J. Zool. 60:2947-52

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