Polymorphism in Some Nearctic Halictine Bees

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Science  27 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3726, pp. 1262-1263
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3726.1262


Average difference in size between queens and workers of four social Halictinae common to southern Ontario ranges from 6 percent in Augochlorella striata (Prov.) to 15 percent in Evylaeus cinctipes (Prov.). Spring larvae receive. provisions averaging 33.9 milligrams and become small workers; summer larvae consume on average 61.7 milligrams and develop into large queens and males.