Tag Archives: honey bee

Unraveling Darwin’s ‘special difficulty’: York U study finds evidence of natural selection on sterile workers in honey bees

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 – A bee colony’s health depends largely on the diligent efforts of its sterile worker bees, who perform essential tasks such as gathering nectar, building honeycombs, feeding larvae, regulating temperature and sacrificially defending their hive. But how did these amazing behaviours evolve when honey bee workers cannot leave any offspring of […]

Honey bee housekeeping habits may reduce need for individual immunity: York U research

Toronto, April 8, 2013 – Worker bees can fight infections individually through their immune system or collectively through social behaviours such as keeping a clean nest, removing diseased larvae, and grooming themselves and each other. However, a new study by York University researchers suggests that honey bees have been evolving away from combating pathogens using […]