gynaecotelic type
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
One of the two groups of social insects in which the queen manifests the prototype female, with all the primary instincts, including those of the worker caste until after the colony is established when she then becomes an egg-laying machine; see ergatotelic type.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • ergatotelic type — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A group of social insects, including the honey bees in which the queen manifests only secondary instincts, while the workers retain the primary instincts; see gynaecotelic type …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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