Figure 1: Queen control. | Nature

Figure 1: Queen control.

From: To work or not to work

Figure 1


A comb of the stingless bee Melipona with the cell caps removed to show female larvae. Each female receives the same food, and therefore can choose whether to develop as a worker (identifiable here as those with a large head and eyes) or as a queen (small head and eyes). So many females opt to become queens that the workers kill off the surplus3, a form of control that in this species replaces queen selection through nutrition.

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