Use this page as a tool for visualizing and understanding some of the various genetic mechanisms at work in honeybees. Mating behavior – multiple mates make sex drone a complex family.
Chromosome number – key in understanding bee genetics. Cordovan color- a useful genetic marker, controlled by a recessive gene. Hygienic behavior: two recessive genes for uncapping and removing diseased brood. Sex alleles – determines solid or scattered brood pattern.
Mitochondrial DNA – used to trace the maternal lineage of bees. Oddball bees – a gallery of unusual bees. The queen mates in flight at one week old. She my fly more than a kilometer seeking multiple mates. After one or more mating flights, she never mates again.