International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 121–128 | Cite as

Primary Reproductives and Royal Cells of the Termite Macrotermes michaelseni

  • Johanna P. E. C. Darlington
Research Article


The queen’s fresh weight can be deduced from her external dimensions, or less accurately from the size of the royal cell in the case of single queens. Cell shapes and methods of enlarging the cell are described.

Key Words

Primary reproductives royal cells Macrotermes michaelseni queen size cell dimensions enlargement 


Le poid frais de la reine peut s’inférer de ses dimensions externes, ou avec moindre de précision de la grosseur de la cellule royale d’une reine unique. On décrit la forme et les methodes d’accroissement de la cellule royale.


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© ICIPE 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johanna P. E. C. Darlington
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  1. 1.International Centre of Insect Physiology and EcologyNairobiKenya

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