May 1, 2012

Change in Queen Causes Worker Bees to Rebel

BBC News, BBC News


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Worker bees rebel when faced with the prospect of raising their nephews and nieces, research has found.

Scientists in Poland have studied post-swarm bee colonies to understand how workers react to a change in queen.

They discovered that when a daughter replaces her mother as head of the colony, some worker bees reproduce instead of caring for their monarch's offspring.

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