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Curr Biol. 2012 Apr 24;22(8):R280-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.018.

Animal behavior: the orphan rebellion.

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  • 1University of California San Diego, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Division of Biological Sciences, Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0116, USA.


After their queen has left with a swarm, orphaned larvae exhibiting rebel traits emerge in honeybee colonies. As adults, these orphans have reduced food glands to feed the colony's larvae and more developed ovaries to selfishly reproduce their own offspring.

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