- David George
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An ant colony’s queen sends out a message encoded on her eggs. The surface of the queen’s eggs is coated with a pheromone that prevents worker ants from laying their own eggs. Each colony includes a fertile queen and her largely infertile offspring, known as workers. If the workers also reproduced, the colony’s productivity might suffer. Pheromones can signal the presence of a fertile queen and thus prevent worker reproduction.It seems that the phermone is a special hydrocarbon blend similar to the one found in the Queen ant's body.
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