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’Princess pheromone’ tells ants which larvae are destined to be queens [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

For Indian jumping ants (Harpegnathos saltator), becoming royalty is all about timing.
If a larva gives signs of maturing into a queen at the wrong time, it is physically harassed into remaining a humble worker. But the same cues at the right time give the larva access to the resources it needs to thrive and develop as a queen. Now scientists have identified the "princess pheromone" that tells a colony when an ant larva is aiming for coronation.

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