How Queen Bees control worker reproduction without castration in stingless bee species


Study contradicts the view that worker bees are forcibly castrated by the queen among the 600-odd species of stingless bees widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Scientists have studied and been captivated by the organization and functioning of social insect colonies since Charles Darwin (1809-1882) investigated beehives near and at his home in Kent with the help of his five children. Since then, prompted by the theory of evolution, researchers have scrutinized every conceivable aspect of the life of bees. Decades ago, scientists discovered that in…

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