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In a hive, the queen been is the mother of all the (female) workers. All of the workers are sterile and incapable of producing children of their own. The queen is the sole reproductively functional female in the hive. The Queen's daughters forfeit the ability to reproduce for themselves and often give their lives to protect the hive to further their mother's reproductive sucess.Source:Social castes found to be not so rare in nature, Yoon, Carol Kaesuk, New York Times; 2/16/93, Vol. 142 Issue 49244, pC1

 

 

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