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Thread: bee butts

  1. #1
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    Ive been watching my OBS hive and noticed something I consider odd.
    Some bees have a dark, almost black abdomin and some a yellowish one.

    What is there a difference??

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    The queen mates with multiple drones and has offspring from several different fathers. Also some bees drift in from other places.

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    Yeah; Queens are real tarts. If there are several subspecies of bee in the area you might get representatives of them all.

    According to at least one researcher, the African queen is more selective, though no less promiscous. When An African queen fertilizes an egg, she gives it an African sperm in preference to any Mellifera sperm she may have.

    Ox
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    Jason G in Tennessee Guest

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    Are those hugs and kisses (ox) or are you just typing your name twice?
    JG

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