For honey bee queens, multiple mating makes a difference

The success of the “reign” of a honey bee queen appears to be determined to a large degree by the number of times she mates with drone bees. That is what research by scientists in the Department of Entomology and W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology at North Carolina State University suggests. Their research was published Oct. 3 in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE

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