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August 3 2013

Study: queen-less honeybees remain altruistic to the bitter end

Honeybees form co-operative worker communes in the absence of the monarchical queen bee, helping each other out until the bitter end, according to a study from University of Illinois, US and Macquarie University in Australia.

The bees continue to show altruistic behaviour after the death of the queen bee, performing tasks for the benefit of the dying colony despite their own reproductive urges.

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