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Re: Split a Hot Hive - Questions
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2017, 03:49:02 pm »
 >Actually only the queens mother's half of the genetics are removed by the bees. If the egg has the queens father's half of the genetics then the eggs are allowed to hatch. That is why when a queen mates with her brothers, 1/2 of the eggs are removed.

I'm not sure I follow you.  The sex determination in honey bees is on a particular set of allelles.  If they match (or in the case of a haploid drone they are missing) then they become a male.  if they do not match they become a female.  For reasons unknown the bees remove diploid (fertilized) drone eggs, probably mostly because they are in worker cells.  The cause of them matching is usually because the queen was mated to drones too closely related to her. (inbreeding)  The eggs get removed because they are diploid drone eggs in worker cells.  Drone eggs are supposed to be haploid (one set of genes i.e. not fertilized) and in drone cells.  Here's an interesting study on purposely getting diploid drones:
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