Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day #411 Drones Don't Have Daddies

Isn’t there a Grandparents’ Day coming up soon? If so, drones (the male honey bees) will probably be delighted to celebrate it. After all, each drone has a grandfather.

But Father’s Day? Drones don’t have a dad to send a card to or buy a tie for.

How is this possible? I’m glad you asked.

I went to the Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab website so I’d be sure the answer was scientifically valid. Here’s what Ed Beary wrote:
The queen and workers are female bees with a diploid set of chromosomes. The drones are male with a haploid set of chromosomes. To get a worker, the queen must add sperm to the egg. There must be a male to provide that sperm. To get a male, she does nothing but deposit the egg in a cell. No sperm in needed from a male bee.

Maybe this is why drones are so relatively unproductive around the hive. They don’t have a daddy to show them what work is supposed to be like.
Drones fulfill only three functions, as far as we people know. They
1.       Grow up in a big drone cell that’s been built around the outside edge of the hive so that if a bear tears open the hive, the bear is more likely to eat drone cells than to get to destroy the center of the hive,
2.      Protect the queen on her mating flight by surrounding her and serving a bait for marauding birds, and finally,
3.      Mate with one queen (not necessarily the one from their own hive), and then they die.

If those are their only reasons for living, I’m not sure a daddy would help.

BEEattitude for Day # 411:
       Blessed are those who know what they want to do when they grow up, for they shall get a head start on the rest of us.
p.s. from Fran: the book signing at Wellspring Treasures in Kennesaw was great fun. We sold lots of books, and I got to talk with some great folks I never would have met otherwise.

The teeny details:
     Dec.   3       1-3 p.m.         Books for Less, Buford GA
     Dec.   4       1-3 p.m.         Humpus Bumpus Bookstore, Cumming GA
     Dec. 10       2-4 p.m.         Peerless Bookstore, Alpharetta GA     

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