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


  • Yao Yi Jiangxi Agricultural University
  • You Li Jiangxi Agricultural University
  • Zhijiang Zeng Jiangxi Agricultural University



Queen, Retinue workers, Age


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.


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Author Biography

Zhijiang Zeng, Jiangxi Agricultural University

Honeybee Research Institute


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How to Cite

Yi, Y., Li, Y., & Zeng, Z. (2016). Age components of queen retinue workers in honeybee colony (Apis mellifera). Sociobiology, 63(2), 848–850.



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