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Rise of male individuals in stingless bees colonies leads to queen’s death [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Queens of stingless bee species (Meliponini) face a reproductive dilemma. If they mate with males with which they turn out to share the same sex determination gene, half of their offspring will consist of males, and the colony’s workforce will fall by half, given that effectively only the females are workers.

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