gyne

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gyne

 (jīn)
n.
A female social insect that is or has the potential to become a reproductive queen, in contrast to a sterile worker.

[Greek gunē, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.]
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Multiple virus infections occur in individual polygyne and monogyne Solenopsis invicta ants.
Invasion of polygyne fire ants decimates native ants and disrupts arthropod community.
Comparison of polygyne and monogyne red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) population densities.
They have polygyne, unicolonial colonies that vary from having only a few workers to thousands per nest.
The quasi-choral, massed harmonies of Polygyne filled the room, with the seven-piece marshalled by mainman Casper Clausen.
An emerging anomaly and problem with fire ants is polygyne, or multiple-queen, colonies.
The only genetic link between the two populations is that monogyne males sometimes mate with polygyne females, they assert.
Effects of polygyne fire ant invasion on native ants of a blackland prairie in Texas.
The number of inseminated queens in the polygyne colonies ranged between 2 and 27 and was determined by dissection (Porter 1992).
1973), and the high mound densities associated with these polygyne colonies, have renewed interest in RIFA impacts on native vertebrates and compounded the problems created by fire ants.
The polygyne form (multiple reproductively active queens per colony) is less aggressive toward conspecifics and reaches densities of more than 240 colonies per acre (Greenberg et al.