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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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