Methoprene does not affect food preferences and foraging performance in honey bee workers

Guiyun Deng, Keith D. Waddington

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The fundamental determinants of division of labor among honey bee workers are age, genotype, and environment. These determinants work through intermediate physiological channels to realize particular patterns of division of labor. The change of juvenile hormone (JH) titer in worker bees is one such channel. Previous studies concentrated on the impact of JH on timing of in-hive and foraging activity. Here we examined the effects of JH on task specialization and the collection of pollen or nectar by same-age bees and we tested the possible impact on JH titer on foraging performance. Methoprene treatments were conducted after workers began to forage inside a flight room. We found that methoprene, a JH analogue, had no effect on preferences for pollen or nectar and, also, did not influence nectar foraging rate, nectar load size, and foraging span.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Insect Behavior
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997

Fingerprint

food preference
worker honey bees
methoprene
juvenile hormones
honey
nectar
food choices
bee
hormone
foraging
polyethism
labor division
pollen
worker bees
juvenile hormone analogs
Apoidea
flight
forage
genotype

Keywords

  • Food preferences
  • Foraging performance
  • Honey bees
  • Juvenile hormone
  • Methoprene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Cite this

Methoprene does not affect food preferences and foraging performance in honey bee workers. / Deng, Guiyun; Waddington, Keith D.

In: Journal of Insect Behavior, Vol. 10, No. 2, 01.03.1997, p. 229-235.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Deng, Guiyun ; Waddington, Keith D. / Methoprene does not affect food preferences and foraging performance in honey bee workers. In: Journal of Insect Behavior. 1997 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 229-235.
@article{79b623a14db54b02ab45ff404942fd8c,
title = "Methoprene does not affect food preferences and foraging performance in honey bee workers",
abstract = "The fundamental determinants of division of labor among honey bee workers are age, genotype, and environment. These determinants work through intermediate physiological channels to realize particular patterns of division of labor. The change of juvenile hormone (JH) titer in worker bees is one such channel. Previous studies concentrated on the impact of JH on timing of in-hive and foraging activity. Here we examined the effects of JH on task specialization and the collection of pollen or nectar by same-age bees and we tested the possible impact on JH titer on foraging performance. Methoprene treatments were conducted after workers began to forage inside a flight room. We found that methoprene, a JH analogue, had no effect on preferences for pollen or nectar and, also, did not influence nectar foraging rate, nectar load size, and foraging span.",
keywords = "Food preferences, Foraging performance, Honey bees, Juvenile hormone, Methoprene",
author = "Guiyun Deng and Waddington, {Keith D.}",
year = "1997",
month = "3",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "10",
pages = "229--235",
journal = "Journal of Insect Behavior",
issn = "0892-7553",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Methoprene does not affect food preferences and foraging performance in honey bee workers

AU - Deng, Guiyun

AU - Waddington, Keith D.

PY - 1997/3/1

Y1 - 1997/3/1

N2 - The fundamental determinants of division of labor among honey bee workers are age, genotype, and environment. These determinants work through intermediate physiological channels to realize particular patterns of division of labor. The change of juvenile hormone (JH) titer in worker bees is one such channel. Previous studies concentrated on the impact of JH on timing of in-hive and foraging activity. Here we examined the effects of JH on task specialization and the collection of pollen or nectar by same-age bees and we tested the possible impact on JH titer on foraging performance. Methoprene treatments were conducted after workers began to forage inside a flight room. We found that methoprene, a JH analogue, had no effect on preferences for pollen or nectar and, also, did not influence nectar foraging rate, nectar load size, and foraging span.

AB - The fundamental determinants of division of labor among honey bee workers are age, genotype, and environment. These determinants work through intermediate physiological channels to realize particular patterns of division of labor. The change of juvenile hormone (JH) titer in worker bees is one such channel. Previous studies concentrated on the impact of JH on timing of in-hive and foraging activity. Here we examined the effects of JH on task specialization and the collection of pollen or nectar by same-age bees and we tested the possible impact on JH titer on foraging performance. Methoprene treatments were conducted after workers began to forage inside a flight room. We found that methoprene, a JH analogue, had no effect on preferences for pollen or nectar and, also, did not influence nectar foraging rate, nectar load size, and foraging span.

KW - Food preferences

KW - Foraging performance

KW - Honey bees

KW - Juvenile hormone

KW - Methoprene

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0030834285&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0030834285&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0030834285

VL - 10

SP - 229

EP - 235

JO - Journal of Insect Behavior

JF - Journal of Insect Behavior

SN - 0892-7553

IS - 2

ER -