To the manner born? How a wasp becomes a queen.
How does an ordinary paper wasp become a queen? Does she have royal bloodlines? Is she born with a silver spoon in her mandibles? To answer these burning questions, a group of scientists recently conducted a study of young paper wasp larvae. These scientists learned that social status in the wasp 'queendom' is decided before they become adults.
The secret to which of the little larvae were destined to ascend to the throne, and which would toil as workers? Protein. According to lead researcher James Hunt, the larvae that become queens have high levels of a group of proteins that enable them to survive the winter and reproduce next year, whereas the ones that become workers have low levels of these proteins.
So, the protein-pumped paper wasps become young queens that don't work and eventually leave the nest to reproduce and rule colonies of their own. Those with lower levels of protein forego reproduction and spend the season defending the nest (i.e. stinging) and raising their siblings... not quite as glamorous a calling.
TrackBack URL for this entry:
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference To the manner born? How a wasp becomes a queen.:
Does the WHY trap work on mud daubers? Just wonder, I boughy one at our local Walmart and so far the mud daubers don't seem interested. I've got hundreds of them and was hoping this would get rid of them.
Posted by: Jerry Smith | Jun 21, 2010 11:09:11 AM
i would like to be one of rescue guys in democratic republic of congo so thatr help people in danger please.PSI.aecom interpreter US companies.
Posted by: hippolyte welcome | Oct 5, 2010 2:01:01 AM
The comments to this entry are closed.