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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Image Number K11141-1

Artificial insemination of a queen. Semen is about to be injected into the oviducts of a queen bee. Thereafter the sperm cells migrate to the sperm storage pouch of the queen. A queen gradually releases sperm from this pouch to fertilize the eggs she lays during her lifetime.

Photo by Stephen Ausmus.

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Last Modified: 5/23/2006