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Data from: A quantitative study of worker reproduction in queenright colonies of the Cape honey bee Apis mellifera capensis

Madeleine Beekman, Ben Oldroyd, Michael Allsopp, Alex Jordan & Julianne Lim
Reproduction by workers is rare in honey bee colonies that have an active queen. By not producing their own offspring and preventing other workers from producing theirs, workers are thought to increase their inclusive fitness due to their higher average relatedness towards queen-produced male offspring compared with worker-produced male offspring. But there is one exception. Workers of the Cape honey bee Apis mellifera capensis are able to produce diploid female offspring via thelytokous parthenogenesis and...

Data from: Maternity of emergency queens in the cape honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis

Madeleine Beekman, Ben Oldroyd, Michael Allsopp, Theresa Wossler & Michael Holmes
During reproductive swarming, some workers of the Cape honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis, lay eggs in queen cells, many of which are reared to maturity. However, it is unknown if workers are able to lay in queen cells immediately after queen loss during an episode of emergency queen rearing. In this study we experimentally de-queened colonies and determined the maternity of larvae and pupae that were reared as queens. This allowed us to determine how...

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  • University of Sydney
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  • Agricultural Research Council of South Africa
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