Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What was that magical mystery DNA?

A ten-point sweep to commentator Formicidae Fantasy, whose rapid series of answers was spot-on:

  1. It’s from Apis dorsata…

  2. And I believe that it determines sex, so that homogeneous individuals will be male.

  3. And apparently males produced this way get eaten before maturity!

That’s exactly right.

Here’s a BBC video of our favorite narrator hanging out (literally) with Apis dorsata:

1 thought on “Answer to the Monday Night Mystery”

  1. These bee nests are very common where I come from. Apis dorsata tends to be prominent during the mast flowering season.

    They are indeed the largest bees in the world, and there is a special procedure to gather their honey…..

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