Mating behaviour of A.australis
Written by Dean Haley
Unusual mating behaviour of A.australis has been observed by Allan Beil of QLD Australia. Allan has hundreds of australis colonies in glass topped boxes set up for observation.
Having australis mating in the box is a bit of a big deal. Mating with your own brother is never a good idea because of inbreeding and most species go to great lengths to avoid that. In bees, mating with your own brother can lead to “Diploid Drones”. Diploid drones are a drain on society and are normally sterile. If australis are mating in the box for multiple generations how on Earth do they avoid this? No one knows.
John Klumpp has observed in Allan beil’s Australis mating video 0042 what seems to be the queen laying an egg.
Have a look very interesting.
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