Genetic structure and division of labor in honeybee societies

N. W. Calderone, G. E. Robinson, R. E. Page

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Recent studies have demonstrated a genotypic component to the division of labor among worker honeybees. However, these studies used artificially-selected strains of bees or colonies derived from queens that were instrumentally inseminated with the semen from very few males. We present evidence for genotypic variability among groups of workers performing tasks in colonies with naturally-mated queens. These results demonstrate that genetic structure is a level of social organization in honeybees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-767
Number of pages3
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Social behavior
  • behavior genetics
  • division of labor
  • honeybee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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