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  • n. Plural form of nestmate.


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  • So far as these dragons were concerned, humans were fellow dragons, nestmates and parents, and the very little naughtiness they got into could readily be dealt with by a fist to the top of the nose.


  • These monsters had been Oliver's nestmates, changed from their natures and ruined forever by an old and evil design.

    The Dragons of Krynn

  • If a young bird failed to get the bite it wanted, it sometimes grabbed one of its nestmates by the bill, or the eye even, and tried to swallow it whole.

    Laddie: A True Blue Story

  • But it appears that a few well-informed individuals shape group decisions by leading nestmates to new homes.

    Wired Top Stories

  • They were the two nestmates, who had just returned from the south after passing the winter there, and they were thus all happily reunited, and each one soon chose a mate and flew off to the woods.

    The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians

  • The latter are immediately seized by their extremities, and then spread-eagled; nestmates are recruited to help stretch, carve up and transport prey.

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  • If a colony gets hold of an old beetle burrow, the heavily armored majors will plug the entrance with their head shield and sit tight, budging only to let their nestmates pass.


  • As endothermy means hard work for bees, this eases much burden of nestmates which can stay ectothermic.

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  • Of these, at least 70% voluntarily left the colony either hours or even days before that point and died well away from their nestmates.

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  • We demonstrate that this behavior is used to recruit nestmates.

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