Behavioral Control of Workers by Queens in Primitively Eusocial Bees

Science  18 Feb 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4279, pp. 694-696
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4279.694


Queens of Lasioglossum zephyrum, a primitively eusocial bee, are considerably more active than workers. The queen's behavior stimulates worker activities; removal of the queen results in a marked reduction in activities of other bees. The queen not only activates workers but also directs them by a primitive recruitment behavior suggestive of tandem running of highly eusocial ants.