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Heavily infested by insects.
The young of animals.
To incubate eggs or cover the young for warmth.
An animal kept for breeding.



the young members of a family of birds or mammals (hatchlings, litters). Sometimes the term also refers to the offspring and both parents or one (in polygamous species). The number of young animals in the brood or litter varies greatly from species to species, depending upon their fertility; for example, birds can have from one to 24 hatchlings, and mammals can have from one to 20 young. Even within one species the number of young can vary; in particular, it depends upon the climatic conditions of the year and other such factors.

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The last brood of 17-year periodical cicadas, Brood II, emerged in 2013.
In the current study we assessed the natural nest volume, workers brood cell dimensions and bee space of the race through measuring their dimensions from naturally built combs in log hives.
Seven of the females involved in the reciprocal experiment had not been captured and sampled but were known to have remained paired to the same male in both treatments because the same nonpaternal alleles were present at all three loci in successive broods.
Northern Wheatears often raise two broods in much of their range in the temperate zone, for example 10.
Brood II, like most other broods, mixes splinter populations of all three original groups, even though they don't breed with each other.
Though Brood II won't be doing any sightseeing in New York City, they're singing, flying, mating and dying all throughout New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and other places not dominated by the concrete jungle.
But not all broods are created equal and "Brood II" is a big one.
Brood XIX, a 13-year brood of periodical cicadas, has the largest distribution of the periodical cicada broods, being reported from Maryland south to Georgia, westward through Arkansas and easternmost Oklahoma, and north into southern Iowa.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Birds with high levels of stress hormones have the highest mating success and offer better parental care to their brood, findings of a new biology research said.
Of the 17 infected, 11 had no developing brood and only 6 females had developing broods (Fig.