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Bees of a different color

Ever wonder why you sometimes see bees of a different color in one hive? Maybe some are black and some are yellow? The answer is simple genetics. Since a queen may mate with many different drones (as many as 20), the progeny of that queen may look strikingly different from one another. Italian drones, for […] Read more

Genetic diversity within a honey bee colony

Someone asked me why their honey bee workers were different sizes. I can’t give a concrete answer to this question, but it brings up the subject of honey bee genetics. Honey bees, like many other insects in the order Hymenoptera, have a sex determination system known as haplodiploidy. In this system, the sex of an […] Read more