Worker Bees Select Royal (Sub) Family Members, Not Their Own Supersisters, to Be New Queens

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When honey bees need a new emergency queen, they forego the chance to promote members of honey bee on flowertheir own worker subfamilies, opting instead to nurture larvae of “royal” subfamilies, according to a study published July 11 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by James Withrow and David Tarpy of North Carolina State University.

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Worker bees select royal (sub)family members, not their own supersisters, to be new queens