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Bees are the new silkworms

CSIRO Media Release – 20 November 2007
Ref 07/234
Honey bees with pupal brood cells
Honeybee larvae produce silk to reinforce the wax cells in which they pupate.
A bulldog ant
Bulldog ant larvae spin solitary cocoons for protection during pupation
Bees
Image credit – Nick Pitsas, CSIRO

Bulldog ant
Image credit – David McClenaghan, CSIRO

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Green tree or weaver ants
Weaver ants use their larvae as ‘tools’ to fasten fresh plant leaves together to form large communal nests
Dr Steven Pas
Image credit – CSIRO

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