Insulin Modifies Honeybee Worker Behavior. Journal Article uri icon



  • The insulin signaling pathway has been hypothesized to play a key role in regulation of worker social insect behavior. We tested whether insulin treatment has direct effects on worker honeybee behavior in two contexts, sucrose response thresholds in winter bees and the progression to foraging by summer nurse bees. Treatment of winter worker bees with bovine insulin, used as a proxy for honeybee insulin, increased the bees' sucrose response threshold. Treatment of summer nurse bees with bovine insulin significantly decreased the age at which foraging was initiated. This work provides further insight into the role of endocrine controls in behavior of in honeybees and insects in general.

publication date

  • October 24, 2012

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • October 22, 2015 1:25 AM

Full Author List

  • Mott CM; Breed MD

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2075-4450

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1084

end page

  • 1092


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