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queen substance

n
(Zoology) a pheromone secreted by queen honeybees and consumed by the workers, in whom it causes suppression of egg-laying
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queen′ sub`stance


n.
a pheromone secreted by the queen honeybee and absorbed by the worker bees, preventing them from producing or rearing rival queens.
[1950–55]
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Aside from the honey that they produce, there are also a number of valuable non-food apiary products such as pollen, queen substance, propolis and beeswax that are used in cleaning and beauty products.
(5.) Colin Butler, "Queen Substance." Bee World, Vol.
The queen influences the colony by the production and dissemination of a variety of pheromones or "queen substances".