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Fertile male or female member of a colony of social insects. In ants, bees, and wasps the male (drone) dies soon after insemination, leaving the queen as the colony reproductive. In termites the male (king) lives with the queen, periodically inseminating her. Supplementary reproductives, present in termite colonies, take over colony reproduction if the founding king and queen (the primary reproductives) die.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.


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