Queen Bee's Honesty is the Best Policy For Reproductive Signals

Penn State     By Sara Lajeunesse 11/13/13

 

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining.

"We usually think animals' chemicals (called pheromones) as communicatoion systems that convey only very simple sorts of information," said Christina Grozinger, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State. "However, this study demonstrates that queen honey bees are conveying a lot of nuanced information...

Read more... http://news.psu.edu/story/295152/2013/11/13/research/queen-bees-honesty-best-policy-reproduction-signals

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