a pheromone secreted from the mandibular glands of a queen honeybee and smelled, eaten, and absorbed by the worker bees, having the effect of preventing them from producing or rearing rival queens.
Origin of queen substance
First recorded in 1950–55
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a pheromone secreted by queen honeybees and consumed by the workers, in whom it causes suppression of egg-laying
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