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xylocopine Explained

Xylocopine at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Xylocopa \Xy*loc"o*pa\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? cutting wood; xy`lon
wood + ? to cut.] (Zo["o]l.)
A genus of hymenopterous insects including the carpenter. See
{Carpenter bee}, under {Carpenter}. -- {Xy*loc"o*pine}, a.

xylocopine at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==
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  • Inter: context » bees In the subfamily Xylocopinae of carpenter bees.
    1. Inter: quote-journal » 2009|date=February 6|Elizabeth Pennisi|EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY: Agreeing to Disagree|Science|url=http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5915/706|doi=10.1126/science.323.5915.706|volume=323|issue=5915|pages=706-708


    |passage=Wilson thinks today's eusocial species likely had ancestors similar to a Japanese stem-nesting xylocopine bee, Ceratina flavipes. Most of the time females make do on their own, but every once in a while, they pair up and divide the labor, setting the stage for a "group" to outdo individuals and for the tendency to form groups to be favored.

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