queenless


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queenless

(ˈkwiːnlɪs)
adj
having no queen
References in classic literature ?
It was empty in the sense that a dying queenless hive is empty.
In a queenless hive no life is left though to a superficial glance it seems as much alive as other hives.
The bees circle round a queenless hive in the hot beams of the midday sun as gaily as around the living hives; from a distance it smells of honey like the others, and bees fly in and out in the same way.
All but one were blessed with strong, successful queens, so I merged that queenless hive with another.
Ovarian development and insulin-signaling pathways during reproductive differentiation in the queenless ponerine ant Diacamma sp.
Aggression and size-related fecundity of queenless workers in the ant Cataglyphis cursor.
Active and strong honey bee colonies can protect themselves from the effects of wax moths; damage caused by the greater wax moth can, however, be very serious, especially in comb stores, weakened or queenless colonies (Mangum 1989; Caron 1992).
Dorothy Galton, author of A Thousand Years of Beekeeping in Russia (1971), reminds us that it is a traditional Russian log hive, not a modern Western box-shaped one, which Tolstoy has in mind when constructing his famous extended simile in War and Peace in which the deserted city of Moscow in 1812 is compared to a queenless hive (cited in Newlin 370).
If they are queenless too long a worker may start laying.
Dinoponera have queenless colonies, where reproduction is taken over by a fertile dominant worker known as a "gamergate".
Table 1--Two-way ANOVA of the selectivity between types of bait granules in queenless sub-colonies of Atta sexdens rubropilosa.
Most of the queenless colonies, seven out of 10, simply joined a neighboring colony - determined by genetic analysis - with the new workers slowly losing their distinct colony odor, and within days becoming fully integrated.