Individual personality in honeybees, Apis mellifera

Monday, November 17, 2014: 11:24 AM
D131 (Oregon Convention Center)
Amelia Weller , Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The Apis mellifera colonies clearly differ in personality; however, it is still unclear if individual honeybees have personality that varies within the hive.  Using a series of assays that allow me to quantify certain behavioral patterns, such as shy-bold and aggression, I have conducted studies that determine differences between individuals.  In my initial data analysis I found that there is a correlation between the agitation of bees after a period of calming and the amount of time it takes for them to escape following a simulated predatory attack.  My research is a first step in determining the role of individual differences in colony behavior and division of labor.
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