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Queen execution in a monogynous ant

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Giehr, Julia ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 10 Mar 2021 19:22


Workers in many species of social insects are capable of laying unfertilized eggs, which can develop into haploid males. This causes a conflict about male parentage between queens and workers. In a few species, this may result in matricide, that is, workers kill the colony's queen. Queen killing has so far been observed mainly in multi-queen colonies or in annual species, when the queen's ...


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