Male Reproductive Parasitism: A Factor in the Africanization of European Honey-Bee Populations

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Science  31 May 1985:
Vol. 228, Issue 4703, pp. 1119-1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.228.4703.1119


Africanized drone honey bees (Apis mellifera) migrate into European honey-bee colonies in large numbers, but Africanized colonies only rarely host drones from other colonies. This migration leads to a strong mating advantage for Africanized bees since it both inhibits European drone production and enhances Africanized drone production.