Age components of queen retinue workers in honeybee colony (Apis mellifera)

Yao Yi, You Li, Zhijiang Zeng


It’s known that elaborate age is closely associated with polyethism in honeybee colonies, and the circle composed of queen retinue workers is a usual phenomenon in honeybee colonies. In this study, we showed that the age-bracket of retinue workers is 2-23d, but mainly  6-18d by marking newly hatched workers in two colonies.


Queen; Retinue workers; Age

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