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Queen honeybee surrounded by workers | Denis Anderson, CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons
Animals

Whether a Bee Becomes a Queen Comes Down to This Ingredient

Tiny plant molecules determine if a bee becomes a worker or a queen, and researchers are now wondering how these same molecules impact humans.

Honeybees create honey in their hive through the topped-out combs, and they keep beebread — their food — in the other combs. | Emma Mullen
Graphic showing how plant miRNAs affect bee development | Xi Chen and Kegan Zhu
Bee hieroglyph from the Egyptian tomb complex of Senusret I, who ruled from 1971 BC to 1926 BC | Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons