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Exploding plug prevents mating: honeybee

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Honeybee / Muhammad Mah.. / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

The mating apparatus of male honeybees prevents other males from mating with the queen after them by acting as an exploding, detachable plug.

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Summary
"The mating apparatus of the male honeybee actually explodes and detaches, plugging the newly mated queen and preventing other males from mating with her." (Forsyth 1992:32)
About the inspiring organism
Hymenoptera
Hymenoptera

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


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Application Ideas: Plugging apparatus for leaks such as in oil pipelines, radiators.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Mining, transportation

References
Forsyth, A. 1992. Exploring the World of Insects: The Equinox Guide to Insect Behaviour. Camden House.
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Sherry
over 4 years ago
This article, "Thanks for the plug," from 11/1/10, shows the plug in a nematode and indicates another possible function: keeping pathogens out. http://bit.ly/c58igD
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