Quantcast

How do they know?

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

garethbryson 

House Bee
Joined
Apr 20, 2010
Messages
168
Reaction score
0
Location
Ballyronan (Northern Ireland)
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2
Can anybody tell me how the workers know if an egg is fertilized or not. What i mean is, if a queen turns into a drone layer. How do the bees know to make drone cells out of normal worker cells if you understand where i'm comming from.

Gareth:confused:
 

AMAE 

House Bee
Joined
Apr 13, 2010
Messages
125
Reaction score
0
Location
Berkshire
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
8, +1 new merge(I hope)
Scent, pheromones? Their world does seem to be governed by them. But I'm happy to be corrected:eek:
 

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,522
Reaction score
24
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
i have aslo wondered how the know a drone is a diploid drone and kill them rather than rear them....lots of incest in my hive :angelsad2:.....about two years ago, beek near me had empty cells in drone brood, wondered waht was going on..he was told to re queen as possible diploid drones..never heard of it before
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,628
Reaction score
26
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
The simple answer to the original post, as far as I know, is: They don't.

Why would they? Why would they need to know?

The last part of your question can now be answered simply by yourself.

Regards, RAB
 

admin 

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
6,393
Reaction score
1
Location
Hampshire uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
Finman may be able to explain it as he is a university graduate in bee genetics.

Whether we will understand the translation is a different matter..
 

garethbryson 

House Bee
Joined
Apr 20, 2010
Messages
168
Reaction score
0
Location
Ballyronan (Northern Ireland)
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2
then why do they put a big domed lid and seal on the cells instead of just sealing them as normal as they would do for a normal worker larvae??
 

plumber 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
262
Reaction score
0
Location
LEICESTER
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
incest in the hive

hapliod drone mother & grandfarther

dipliod drone mother & farther

virgin queen mating with hapliod is one generation removed

virgin queen mating with dipliod drone is sister & brother

please correct if I'm wrong
 

sherwood 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 19, 2009
Messages
308
Reaction score
0
Location
herts/bucks/midx border
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
20+National,commercial langstroth
It may seem obvious but would not the size in the cell tell the worker bees whether the cell needs a dome capping. A drone laying queen will lay eggs in a worker cell but the workers will stil put domed capping on these. so its not the cell size that dictates it it therefore is in all probability dependendant upon how much of the cell is occupied by the lava.
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,628
Reaction score
26
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
my point exactly,

No. That is my point exactly.

Perhaps you have not noticed that drones are larger than worker bees?

RAB
 

plumber 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
262
Reaction score
0
Location
LEICESTER
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
drone larva will fill the cell it's head protruding from the cell,

workers build a domed cover to seal it in, and will assist it to remove the

cap and help the drone out of the cell
 

Latest posts

Top