gyne Any female organism but, without qualification, it usually refers to a fertile female or queen in a colony of social insects.
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Gyne is the primary reproductive female caste of social insects (especially ants, wasps, and bees of order Hymenoptera). Gynes are those destined to become queens, whereas female workers are typically sterile and cannot become queens. A colony with multiple queens is said to be a polygyne form, whereas with only one is a monogyne form. The fire an...
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