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Chance to Usurp Reproductive Power of Royal Throne Keeps Worker Termites Home
October 5, 2009
A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland suggests termite offspring stay in their birth colony to help their queen and king parents--rather than leave to try and start their own family--because their chance of inheriting the 'reproductive throne' is higher than their chance of successfully dispersing, finding a mate, and surviving to produce fertile offspring on their own.
University of Maryland
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