Data from: Cuticular hydrocarbon cues of immune-challenged workers elicit immune activation in honeybee queens

Javier Hernandez Lopez, Ulrike Riessberger-Gallé, Karl Crailsheim, Wolfgang Schühly & Wolfgang Schuehly
Recently, evidence has shown that variations in the cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) profile allow healthy honeybees to identify diseased nestmates, eliciting agonistic responses in the former. Here, we determined whether these ‘immunologic cues’ emitted by diseased nestmates were only detected by workers, who consequently took hygienic measures and excluded these individuals from the colony, or whether queens were also able to detect these cues and respond accordingly. Healthy honeybee queens were exposed to (i) healthy, (ii)...
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