Egg-size plasticity in Apis mellifera: honey bee queens alter egg size in response to both genetic and environmental factors

Esmaeil Amiri, Kevin Le, Carlos Vega Melendez, Micheline K. Strand, David R. Tarpy & Olav Rueppell
Social evolution has led to distinct life-history patterns in social insects, but many colony-level and individual traits, such as egg size, are not sufficiently understood. Thus, a series of experiments was performed to study the effects of genotypes, colony size, and colony nutrition on variation in egg size produced by honey bee (Apis mellifera) queens. Queens from different genetic stocks produced significantly different egg sizes under similar environmental conditions, indicating standing genetic variation for egg...
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