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So, if I have the only hive for 10 miles, which I likely will, and my bees want to replace the queen, will the new queen be mating with the same genetics as the old queen? How would this benefit the hive?
 

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An interesting question! :)


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Actually in the insect world inbreeding is insignificant. Since the drones technically have no farther, and linage is only considered through the sir. Then a reared queen bred by drones from her own colony would not produce inbred offspring. In any event. it is doubtful that there are no other bees in your area. even if you are off the grid.
 

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Then a reared queen bred by drones from her own colony would not produce inbred offspring.
Actually, I read this on Michael Bush's site:

And all of this is ignoring the built in control over this with the bees' method of gender control being sex alleles that limit the success of inbred bees. An inbred line of bees has many diploid (fertilized) drone eggs (because similar sex alleles line up) that will not be allowed by the bees to develop.
You can read this at http://bushfarms.com/beesgeneticdiversity.htm

You can read about the resulting spotty brood patterns from another source as well: http://www.countryrubes.com/images/Judging_The_Quality_Of_Queen_Bee_8_10.pdf

ii) Inbreeding: an inbred queen is a queen that has been mated with genetically close males i.e. males from the same hive in which she was raised. Such a queen lays fertilized eggs, which hatch out into drone larvae (diploid drones). The bees dispose of these diploid males a few hours after the eggs hatch...
Which is why I was suggesting the mated queen.

HTH

Rusty
 
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