Smelling like a queen!

A great paper published in Science last week  – evidence that queens use a specific set of pheromones (chemicals that send signals to other individuals) to maintain their dominant position by suppressing egg-laying in workers.  Really interesting – I wonder if some of our favourite, primitively social bees use the same chemical tricks?

Click here for a summary of the paper in the New York Times Science pages:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/science/a-queen-bees-secret-pinpointed.html?_r=0

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About Miriam Richards

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