International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 687–689 | Cite as

Changes in the Free Amino Acids Content During the Post-Embryonic Development of Apis cerana indica (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

  • Neena
  • J. P. Singh


The amount of free amino acids increases during the larval development. The accumulation is greater during the later larval life followed by an abrupt decline in the defaecating larva and early prepupa. The overall decrease in the free amino acid content during the period of metamorphosis is more in case of drones in comparison to that in workers. However, the amount present in adult drones is less than that of workers. The changes in the free amino acid content during the post-embryonic development of workers and drones of Apis cerana indica seem to show sexual dimorphism.

Key Words

Free amino acids larvae pupae adult Apis 


Les quantité des amino sauren libres augment pendant le développement larvaire. L’accumulation est plus importante pendant la vie larvaire postérieure suivi d’un décroisement brusque chez la larve déféquante et chez le avant-nymphes hâtive. Le décroisement total dans le contenu des amino sauren pendant la durée de la metamorphose est d’avantage chez les faux-bourdons par rapport à celvi chez les travailleurs. Pourtant, la quantité présente chez les faux-bourdons adultes est inférieure à celle chez lea travailleurs. Les changements dans le contenu des amino sauren libres pendant le développement postérieure de l’étal embryonnaire chez les travailleurs et lea faux-bourdons de Apis cerana indica semblent à indiquer un dimorphisme sexuel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neena
    • 1
  • J. P. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyPunjabi UniversityPatialaIndia

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