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

Guiyun Deng, Keith D. Waddington

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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

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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