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  1. #1
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    Default Laying Worker drones pass on that trait

    In a local chat group, there was a discussion on LW Hive Drones (progeny of the LW) and their genetics. One participant suggested destroying the LW Drones because this trait is passed on. I must admit, I was "WOWED" . My understanding was LW was a result of lack of open brood pheromones suppressing the "anarchist." Dave Cushman speaks on this.
    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/workerpolicing.html
    a paper http://www.genetics.org/content/179/3/1337.full.pdf
    It is fascinating! Some things I read are contrary to my "teachings", but I am a "Grasshopper" trying to learn.
    I'm not comfortable going out and doing genocide on a group of LW drones. In the big picture, I do not see this as needing my intervention. How often would this have to happen to passed on to be significant enough to be actually observed. Seems even if it was passed on, it would normally be bred back out and in a few generations. Seems to me it is part of the balance perhaps best acknowledged, but left alone. JMHO but interested in what others think/know/experience

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    Default Re: Laying Worker drones pass on that trait

    Cool study but findings are all over the place with non recessive and multiple alles being involved... I'd say as beeks we got nothing to worry about keep the hive queen right and keep it with brood and laying workers souldn't be much of a problem if your managing your hives you tend to find them rather fast.

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    Default Re: Laying Worker drones pass on that trait

    Laying workers, as you said, are because of the lack of brood pheromones. All bees have this trait. It is not an isolated trait you could breed for or against.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Laying Worker drones pass on that trait

    The quandary seemed to be that the LW drones could be responsible if allowed to live and be in the mix.

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