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Sexual cooperation: Mating increases longevity in ant queens

...ating partners because both sexes benefit from the queen experiencing a long reproductive phase after the colony reaches sexual maturity. ...

Ants, not evil spirits, create devil's gardens in the Amazon rainforest, study finds

...dds. A devil's garden begins when a M. schumanni queen colonizes a single D. hirsuta tree, the authors write: "Over time, D. hirsuta saplings grow within the vegetation-free area created by the ants, and the ant colony expands to occupy them. The devilry of M. schumanni today provides homes for ants in t...

Honeybee decision-making ability rivals any department committee

..." said Seeley. When a hive gets too crowded, its queen and half the hive will swarm to a nearby tree and quietly wait while several hundred scouts go house hunting. To explore the decision-making process, the researchers conducted a series of experiments. To study the waggle dancing for house hunting, ...

ASU researchers find link between social behavior, maternal traits in bees

...to be 'facultatively sterile,' meaning that when a queen is present, they do not lay eggs," Amdam said. "However, if the queen is removed, some of these females develop their ovaries and lay eggs." Foraging for pollen is a mat...

Wasps queue for top job

...ower-ranked female wasps work harder to help their queen than those higher up the chain because they have l...ht on the nest and wait for their chance to become queen themselves. Dr Jeremy Field, UCL Department of Biology, said: "Helpers wait peacefully in an age-...

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

...y cooperation, competition and conflict. There's a queen ?sometimes lots of them ?but everybody has a vital role to play. Change is inevitable. So are class, sex, betrayal and new beginnings. And size matters, says Tschinkel. In mature colonies, unusual variability known as polymorphism produces big-heade...

Looking to a new era in bee research

...hanistic insights into the remarkable longevity of queen honey bees and sperm stored in the spermatheca. The HBGSP has united a broad range of scientists, from leaders in human genomics and bioinformatics to members of diverse disciplinary and organism-based communities, including those studying mammal...

Queen bee promiscuity boosts hive health

...oyal Society of London, the curious promiscuity of queen honeybees has long perplexed apiculturists, especi...though just one male provides all the sperm that a queen needs for the rest of her life, queen honeybees go out on mating flights and obtain sperm from a doz...

Why do some queen bees eat their worker bee's eggs?

...cording to this theory, a species where the mother queen mates with multiple males would have more worker p... and found no evidence that multiple mating by the queen correlated with reduced rearing of workers' sons or greater worker reproductive policing. Were the t...

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest

...me where hives are found abandoned, except for the queen and a few workers. Beekeepers and researchers are unsure of the cause of CCD. "Whether or not it has anything to do with Colony Collapse Disorder, a multitude of things are all attacking bees today, these beetles are just one more thing to add to ...

Undergraduate research shows leaderless honeybee organizing

...s found was that older workers gave signals to the queen and to the rest of the colony that it was time to ...e inside the swarm itself and see workers give the queen a signal, known as “piping” that tells her to fly. “Researchers have never reported worker piping...

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