Body mass but not wing size or symmetry correlates with life span of honey bee drones

Krystyna Czekońska , Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi , Adam Tofilski


In social insects such as the honey bee, the quality of drones at the time of their emergence can affect their maintenance in the colony until maturity. Body mass, wing size and wing asymmetry of emerging honey bee drones were measured and correlated with their life span in the colony and compared between individuals reaching maturity or not. The life span of drones differed among colonies in which they were maintained after emergence but not between colonies in which they were reared. More drones heavier at emergence reached sexual maturity at 15 days and had a longer life span compared with light-weight drones of lower mass. The size and symmetry of drone forewings was not correlated with their life span. Our results suggest that body mass at emergence is a good predictor of drone survival in the colony.
Author Krystyna Czekońska (FoBaH / DoPaA)
Krystyna Czekońska,,
- Department of Pomology and Apiculture
, Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi (FoBaH / DoPaA)
Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi,,
- Department of Pomology and Apiculture
, Adam Tofilski (FoBaH / DoPaA)
Adam Tofilski,,
- Department of Pomology and Apiculture
Journal seriesBulletin of Entomological Research, ISSN 0007-4853, e-ISSN 1475-2670, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishApis mellifera, drones, body mass, life span
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine; 1102 Agronomy and Crop Science; 1109 Insect Science
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.988; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.81 (2) - 2018=1.955 (5)
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FinansowanieThis study was supported by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN) grant number DEC-2013/10/E/NZ9/00682 and Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MSHE) grant number DS-3506.
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