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Honeybee Sex, and Virgin Brides

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Abstract

We still are guessing more than we know about sex in the private life of honeybees.

Sex maintains the diversity and variety of characters in a population. It achieves phenotypic heterogeneity by joining an egg and a sperm cell, and combining the hereditary material of each in a unique way in the genotype of a new, young female or male individual. Honeybees are no exception to this general rule, but as in many other aspects, they nevertheless present us with the unusual.

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Sperm Cell Sperm Competition Mating Season Royal Jelly Virgin Queen 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

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