The Drone Honey Bee

The Mating and Reproduction in Apis Mellifera: The Role of Drone Honey Bee

Author(s): Lovleen Marwaha *

Pp: 65-83 (19)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815179309123010007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Mating in honey bees occurs in the drone congeration area, where the queen and drones gather for reproduction. Sexually mature drones from all colonies congregate there, and the queen mates with multiple drones, increasing patrilinear inheritance variation. The variation in genomic content results in specific colonial behaviour, productivity, and strength. The current chapter discusses mating in honey bee colonies.

Keywords: Haploid drones, Diploid drones, Pheromones, Reproductive system.

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