Colony fitness increases in the honey bee at queen mating frequencies higher than genetic diversity asymptoteKeith S. Delaplane, J. Krispn Given, John Menz & Deborah A. Delaney
Abstract Across the eusocial Hymenoptera, a queen’s mating frequency is positively associated with her workers’ genetic diversity and colony’s fitness. Over 90% of a colony’s diversity potential is achieved by its mother’s tenth effective mating (me); however, many females mate at levels of me > 10, a zone we here call hyperpolyandry. We compared honey bee colony fitness at mating levels near and above this genetic diversity asymptote. We were interested in how hyperpolyandry affects...
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