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Selective modulation of task performance by octopamine in honey bee (Apis mellifera) division of labour

Barron, Andrew; Robinson, Gene E

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Octopamine treatment has previously been shown to increase honey bee foraging behaviour. We determined the effects of octopamine on other tasks to learn how octopamine affects division of labour in honey bee colonies. Octopamine treatment did not increase the rate of corpse removal from the hive, suggesting that elevated brain levels of octopamine do not act to increase the performance of all flight-related tasks. Octopamine treatment also did not increase attendance in the queen's retinue,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/84222
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00359-005-0619-7

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