Studies on Rearing Honey Bee Larvae in the Laboratory. I. The Effect of Royal Jelly Taken from Different Ages of Queen Cells on Queen Differentiation1

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Royal jelly was taken from queen cells of honey bees, Apis mellifera L., 24, 38, 48 and 72 hr after grafting. Worker larvae, approximately I day old, were reared on these materials in incubators at 34 ± 1 and 100% RR during the larval stage, and 60% RH during the pupal stage. All adults developed on jelly taken 48 hr after grafting were classified as queens. Royal jelly taken from queen cells 38 hr after grafting and stored at -10 for 9 to 10 months, or taken 48 hr after grafting and exposed to ultraviolet rays for 2 hr, also produced queens. All but 3 adults produced on royal jelly of other ages were intermediate forms or Workers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1964

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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