Ok I have different colored drones? My queen is supposed to be a Minn Hyg. Most of her prodigy show hyg behavior. But this drone issue is confusing me.
Drones do not have fathers. So do not carry any genetic material from the males the queen has mated.
I also read drones will show recessive traits being that they do not hold two copies from each parent. Because they only have one parent the female. Be it a queen or a laying worker.
So why do I have black drones and very light blonde drones? lighter then my other bees? My workers are mostly the yellow with the stripes on the butt , and the others are black bees . My queen is all red. Could this just be worker bees laying? if so how do worker drones compare to queen produced drones?
I have a new queen due to hatch by the end of this week. And she will be taking her virgin flight with this mixed crop of boys. I must say the black drones look so much spunkier and healthier then the blonde ones. Which look all droopey. Maybe my queen is a bit inbred and this new queen born will be too inbred to produce good brood.. then I will have to buy a new queen late in the season. Or put the two hives back together.