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Castes are what seperates workers from queens in most Hymenoptera. In wasps (With the exception of polistes) queen larvae are fed more insect meat by workers and cells are larger. Polistinae members have no castes. The rule of Castes does not only apply to hymenopterans, but Isopterans as well.

Caste System[]

Apinae[]

  1. Queen - The queen is the only fertile member of the hive, a queen is always female and is the only fertile female capable of reproduction, the queen is the main member in a hive. If a fertile female is born, the fertile female is regarded as the next queen.
  2. Drone - Male honey bees
  3. Worker - The workers collect pollen and synthesize royal jelly for the queen, they also expand the hive's vicinity and size.
  4. Larvae- Young, unmatured bees are referred to as larvae, the larvae spend their life as a juvenile in the colony in a hexagonal structure known as honey comb guarded by worker bees. Once they reach maturity the unfertile females will be regaurded as workers, the males as drones and fertile female as the next queen.

Formicidae[]

  1. Queen - The base unit of a colony, the queen is the only fertile female in a colony, their is bound to be at least one fertile queen. all the workers work under the guidance of the queen.
  2. Drone - male
  3. Worker - Worker ants collect food sources to ensure the stability of the colony, they expand the colony's vicinity as well. A few worker ants as used as a Substitute where they do not perform any tasks and wait to be replaced by any other worker who is in-capable of doing any tasks or has expired.
  4. Larvae: Larvae are the young juvenile ants that are kept safely in the nursery until they reach maturity.
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