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Researchers reveal how a queen bee’s perfume helps her hold sway in the hive

In an exciting revelation that has potential implications for the apicultural industry, as well as for brain research, University of Otago researchers have succeeded in unravelling one of the mysteries that surround the honey bee queen’s ability to control the … Continue reading

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

A new study from the American Naturalist finds that honeybee workers’ sons are reared 100 times less in species with a queen mated to multiple males. Read more

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Queen bees shown to pass viruses to their offspring

The first evidence that viruses can be transmitted vertically from mother queens to their offspring in honey bee colonies has been discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Read more

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

Worker bees, wasps, and ants are often considered neuter. But in many species they are females with ovaries, who although unable to mate, can lay unfertilized eggs which turn into males if reared. For some species, such as bumble bees, … Continue reading

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Promiscuous queen bees make healthier hives

The queens of bees, ants and wasps that indulge in the most promiscuous and lengthy sex marathons produce the healthiest colonies, a new study reveals. Read more

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Remove the queen – get more honey

An inventor from Moscow has developed a brand new technology for commercial beekeeping. He suggests removing a queen bee from the hive, which allows cropping as mush as 20 kilos of the purest honey every month. Read more

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Queen honey bees might hold the key to a longer life for humans

La Trobe University’s David Vaux is a specialist in apoptosis, the science of how cells die. His research aims to unlock the answers to the queen bee’s 50-fold increased lifespan. Read more

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