Factors influencing wing size and body weight variation in the western honeybee

Factors influencing wing size and body weight variation in the western honeybee The patterns of wing size and body weight variation have been studied in worker bees, queens, and drones of the western honeybee. The influences of physiological states and ecological situations on the weight of the body and its parts and on the filling of the digestive tract have been analyzed. The results show that the differences in body weight between worker bees, queens, and drones do not correspond to differences in wing size between them. It is noted that worker bees, with their relatively small but strongly varying body weight, have acquired relatively large wings in the course of species phylogeny, a process accompanied by functional and morphophysiological differentiation of the members of bee families. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Factors influencing wing size and body weight variation in the western honeybee

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2013 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Ecology; Environment, general
ISSN
1067-4136
eISSN
1608-3334
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1067413613050056
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Abstract

The patterns of wing size and body weight variation have been studied in worker bees, queens, and drones of the western honeybee. The influences of physiological states and ecological situations on the weight of the body and its parts and on the filling of the digestive tract have been analyzed. The results show that the differences in body weight between worker bees, queens, and drones do not correspond to differences in wing size between them. It is noted that worker bees, with their relatively small but strongly varying body weight, have acquired relatively large wings in the course of species phylogeny, a process accompanied by functional and morphophysiological differentiation of the members of bee families.

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Russian Journal of EcologySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 5, 2013

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