Cheating honeybee workers produce royal offspring.

@article{Jordan2008CheatingHW,
  title={Cheating honeybee workers produce royal offspring.},
  author={Lyndon Alexander Jordan and Michael H. Allsopp and Benjamin P. Oldroyd and Theresa C. Wossler and Madeleine Beekman},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={275 1632},
  pages={345-51}
}
The Cape bee (Apis mellifera capensis) is unique among honeybees in that workers can lay eggs that instead of developing into males develop into females via thelytokous parthenogenesis. We show that this ability allows workers to compete directly with the queen over the production of new queens. Genetic analyses using microsatellites revealed that 23 out of 39 new queens produced by seven colonies were offspring of workers and not the resident queen. Of these, eight were laid by resident… CONTINUE READING
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