*J. W. Goethe Universität, Institut fur Bienenkunde, Karl-von-Frisch Weg 2, D-6370 Oberursel, West Germany.
Social synchronization of circadian rhythms of metabolism in honeybees (Apis mellifera)
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2008
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 209–212, June 1987
How to Cite
SOUTHWICK, E. E. and MORITZ, R. F. A. (1987), Social synchronization of circadian rhythms of metabolism in honeybees (Apis mellifera). Physiological Entomology, 12: 209–212. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3032.1987.tb00743.x
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2008
- Accepted 2 October 1986
- Apis mellifera;
- social group;
- circadian rhythm;
ABSTRACT. Groups of honeybee workers (Apis mellifera Linn.; Hymenoptera: Apidae) show endogenous circadian rhythms in metabolic activity. Workers entrained to two different photoperiods, when put together in a group, coordinate their individual metabolic activity cycles into a synchronized group oscillation. Either physical interaction among workers, or a low volatility contact pheromone, is implicated in the control of this oscillating system.