Journal Article (Refereed)
Using errors by guard honeybees (Apis mellifera) to gain new insights into nest-mate recognition signals
Pradella, D & Martin, S & Dani, F 2015, 'Using errors by guard honeybees (Apis mellifera) to gain new insights into nest-mate recognition signals', Chemical Senses .
Although the honeybee (Apis mellifera) is one of the world most studied insects, the chemical compounds used in nestmate recognition, remains an open question. By exploiting the error prone recognition system of the honeybee, coupled with genotyping, we studied the correlation between cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profile of returning foragers and acceptance or rejection behavior by guards. We revealed an average recognition error rate of 14% across 3 study colonies, that is, allowing a non-nestmate colony entry, or preventing a nestmate from entry, which is lower than reported in previous studies. By analyzing CHCs, we found that CHC profile of returning foragers