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Strains of workers that were high or low in their retinue attraction response to queen mandibular pheromone (QMP) in a laboratory bioassay were fostered in queenless colonies to measure their differential queen-rearing behaviors. High-strain workers spent proportionately more time working on and in queen cells than low-strain workers, and there were significant age by strain effects for time spent rearing queen cells. No interindividual differences were detected among the strains in the tendency to rear queens. Results from this experiment suggest that QMP retinue attraction response may be a mechanism upon which selection acts for division of queen-rearing labor.


Des souches d’ouvrières qui réagissent fortement ou faiblement à la phéromone mandibulaire de reine (QMP) en laboratoire ont été intégrées à des colonies sans reine afin de mesurer leurs comportements respectifs de soins aux larves de reines. Les ouvrières à forte réaction ont passé une proportion plus importante de leur temps à travailler dans ou sur les cellules royales que les ouvrières à faible réaction et des effets interactifs importants de l’âge et de la souche sur le temps consacré aux cellules royales ont été constatés. Les résultats semblent indiquer que les réactions des ouvrières de la suite royale à la phéromone mandibulaire de reine sont un mécanisme soumis à l’action de la sélection dont l’effet est la division du travail.

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