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Termite Succession to Royalty Not a Question of Blue Blood

Termite Succession to Royalty Not a Question of Blue Blood

When two clans of termites wage battle, scientists have shown that succession to royalty is achieved by offspring that have stayed home as helpers. This metaphorical chessboard situation shows the dark Queen termite deposed, and the King in grave danger of check mate. At the same time, the white team's pawn of the eyeless worker caste ascends to royal (reproductive) status with crown hovering overhead. Menacing soldier "rooks" patrol the sidelines.

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http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=115680