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1An unfertilized queen bee.
- ‘The bees raise the virgin queens until mature at which time the beekeeper transfers them into a small hive called a nucleus.’
- ‘African virgin queens are more successful fighters, too, which gives them a significant advantage if they encounter other virgin queens in the colony.’
- ‘Although most drone bees are in fact as useless as clergy, at least one of them does perform an important function - fertilizing a virgin queen bee and engendering a new colony.’
- ‘We generated hybrid supersister queens by instrumentally inseminating a virgin queen from a low line with semen of a single drone from one high line.’
- ‘After determining the dance characteristics of 25-35 foragers of these two colonies, two virgin queens were reared from the yellow parent and each instrumentally inseminated with semen of single sons of the black parent.’
2the Virgin QueenQueen Elizabeth I of England, who died unmarried.
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