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Exploding plug prevents mating: honeybee


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.

"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)
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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

Forsyth, A. 1992. Exploring the World of Insects: The Equinox Guide to Insect Behaviour. Camden House.
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over 6 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.
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