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QUEEN BEE

The 'queen' bee was known as the 'king' until the 1660s when a Dutch scientist discovered that they had ovaries.

In his 1669 publication, 'Historia Insectorum Generalis' (The Natural History of Insects), Dutch biologist Jan Swammerdam revealed that the 'king bee' had ovaries and was therefore actually the 'queen bee.'   He also confirmed the queen bee as the sole mother of the colony in 'Biblia natura' published posthumously in 1737.
 

 

 

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