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worker

a sterile female member of a colony of bees, ants, or wasps that forages for food, cares for the larvae, etc.

worker

[′wər·kər]
(invertebrate zoology)
One of the neuter, usually sterile individuals making up a caste of social insects, such as ants, termites, or bees, which labor for the colony.
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Rediscovery of the workerless inquiline ant Pogonomyrmex colei and additional notes on natural history (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Economic globalization and technological change are irrevocably reshaping the nature of work: we are in the throes of a post-industrial revolution or what some call a post-Fordist revolution as the assembly line gives way to the workerless production pod.
Compare such households with those adults who live singly, with or without children, who are experiencing a precarious labour market; or those in workerless households (the latter, in Australia, now accounting for around one-fifth of the nation's children).
Third, because the new technology bodes well to move us to a "near workerless economy," which will shake advanced economies to their core and be a "catastrophe in less-developed economies.
Workerless colonies will adopt new queens, which provides one explanation as to why ants have reinfested treated areas and may be related to how polygyne colonies form.
Workerless factories and virtual companies loom on the horizon.