Endocrine changes in maturing primary queens of Zootermopsis angusticollis.

  title={Endocrine changes in maturing primary queens of Zootermopsis angusticollis.},
  author={Colin S Brent and Coby Schal and Edward L Vargo},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  volume={51 11},
Termite queens are highly specialized for reproduction, but little is known about the endocrine mechanisms regulating this ability. We studied changes in the endocrinology and ovarian maturation in primary reproductive females of the dampwood termite Zootermopsis angusticollis following their release from inhibitory stimuli produced by mature queens. Winged alates were removed from their natal nest, manually dewinged, then paired in an isolated nest with a reproductive male. Development was… CONTINUE READING