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Apidologie

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 537–544

First Online: 28 January 2014Received: 07 August 2013Revised: 08 November 2013Accepted: 02 January 2014DOI: 10.1007-s13592-014-0267-4

Cite this article as: Kuszewska, K. & Woyciechowski, M. Apidologie 2014 45: 537. doi:10.1007-s13592-014-0267-4

Abstract

Researchers in many fields would like to understand the determinants of risk-taking. Social insects are an excellent model for examining them since the tasks they perform bear different risks. Some honeybee Apis mellifera workers do not forage for nectar or pollen; instead, they take on the extreme risk of robbing honey from other bee nests. In this paper, we show that robbers live shorter lives than foragers under the same cage conditions, and that they are more often and more heavily infected with the intestinal parasite Nosema than foragers are. This finding supports the theoretical prediction that risky tasks should be undertaken by shorter-lived individuals.

KeywordsApis mellifera division of labour by division of risk life expectancy robber bees Nosema Manuscript editor: David Tarpy

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Author: Karolina Kuszewska - Michal Woyciechowski

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