Cuticular lipids correlate with age and insemination status in queen honeybees
Eusocial insects exhibit reproductive division of labour, in which one or a few queens perform almost all of the reproduction, while the workers are largely sterile and assist in rearing their siblings. Consequently, many of the colony’s tasks (e.g. nest construction and brood rearing) should be modulated depending on whether the queen is fertile. Here, we tested whether queens’ cuticular lipids could provide reliable signals of fertility in the honeybee Apis mellifera, as they do in other...[Show more]
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