Evolution of Bee’s Life History

This graph that shows the life history of a honey bee worker is available from here.

It demonstrates that life history is subject to evolution. As with increasing age and explorations for honey and pollen worker bees become more likely infected by parasites, so it makes perfect sense that in early in life history hive bees care for the brood while later field bees avoid contact with the brood. The life history that evolved in bees is kind of a defense mechanism that protects the brood, and no doubt that colonies that strictly follow this rule show better fitness.

Creative Commons License

This work by Paul Netman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Fauceir theory is developed and © by Mato Nagel and available at www.fauceir.org.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s