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Bee breeding is a mechanism, introduced in Forestry, used to breed new types of bees from old ones. Bees can be harvested from beehives, which can be found glowing around the world, using a ScoopMining LaserVajra Power Tool, Quarry or Wand of Excavation  and each has a default "species," depending on its location.  Bees have "chromosomes," that carry its traits, such as its species, and its other attributes. These traits can be combined to get desired breeds. For instance, if you have a slow, industrious breed, you can crossbreed it with a faster cultivated breed, to get a new breed with both benefits.

MatingEdit

To start the breeding process, place a princess and a drone into an Apiary. They will be replaced with a queen of the same type as the princess. Over time, the queen will die, and at the end of its life, it will produce offspring. These new bees will be dependent on what drone you paired with the princess to begin with. Specific combinations give a chance of getting a specific resulting breed. The following summarized some of the possible combinations.


Breeding can be automated using buildcraft pipes. A video can be found on the "Bees" page.

GeneticsEdit

Bees have something resembling an actual genome complete with "chromosomes" and "alleles". Most traits of a bee are freely inheritable between species, only a few defining ones (produce, temperature and humidity) are tied to the species of the bee.

Bee breeding Combinations

Mate:

Meadows

Forest

Common

Cultivated

Diligent

Noble

Meadows Common

Common 

Cultivated

Cultivated

Cultivated

Diligent/Noble

Diligent

Rural

Unweary

Unweary

Industrious

Noble

Majestic

Ancient

Majestic

Imperial

Modest 

Sinister

Sinister

Fiendish



More Bee breeding Combinations

Mate:

Modest

Sinister

Fiendish

Austere

Tropical

Steadfast

Modest 

Frugal

Frugal

Fiendish

Demonic

Frugal

Austere

Tropical

Exotic

Exotic

Endenic

Valiant 

Heroic

More information about mutations and different bee species can be found on the Bee Species page.

# Chromosome Description
0 SPECIES Species determines name, appearance, produce and preferred temperature and humidity for a bee. It also determines the genetic makeup a bee receives when it appears via mutation or as a world drop.
1 SPEED Production speed
2 LIFESPAN Lifespan
3 FERTILITY The more fertile a bee is, the more drones a dying queen will spawn on average.
4 TEMPERATURE_TOLERANCE Every bee has a preferred temperature. Only if the bee tolerates other temperatures than the preferred can she be transplanted to other climes.
5 NOCTURNAL Nocturnal bees will work day and night
6 - {Unused}
7 HUMIDITY_TOLERANCE Climate is defined by temperature and humidity. This determines what other humidities the bee can tolerate apart from the preferred one.
8 TOLERANT_FLYER Only strong or tolerant flyers can work in rain.
9 CAVE_DWELLING Only cave dwellers will accept to be enclosed and not require a line of sight to the sky.
10 FLOWER_PROVIDER Bees require flowers. Most just want a nice yellow or red flower in the vicinity, some will want something closer to home though (cacti, jungle plants) and a few have very exotic tastes.
11 FLOWERING This determines the rate at which a bee will pollinate flowers around the apiary.
12 TERRITORY Any bee will be protective of her territory, which also determines the area in which she'll search for flowers.
13 EFFECT Several species have an effect on their environment which is determined by this chromosome.

Each of these chromosomes consists of a primary and a secondary trait. Usually the primary trait will be the active one, except if the trait on the primary is recessive and the secondary dominant, in which case the secondary trait will be the active one.

InheritanceEdit

Inheritance follows basic Mendel genetics. More information can be found here.

MutationEdit

Inheritance alone will not get you the higher end species of bees in Forestry. Mating the right combination of bee species has a chance of giving you a possibly better breed. A soul frame increases the chances of mutations but makes the bees lifespan 75% shorter for that generation. Some mutations can also only occur in the right biome. Hell bees will obviously only rarely occur in the overworld. The right combinations can be discovered using available tools, such as the Beealyzer. Here are a few tips that may help:

? Biome
Mixing naturally occurring bees may give you something even more common.
Crossing something common with naturally occurring bees might cultivate it.
Cultivated bees can branch off into at least three different directions.
Sinister bees are cultivated but also modest. Jungle climes also seem hellish. X
Heroes lurk in dungeons and have found refuge in forests. X
The frugal and austere like it hot. X
Beware dragon.
Rural are diligent and plain. X

Bee Breeding Video(s)Edit

Bee Breeding Tutorials (One For Every Set Of Bees)Edit

Forest, Meadows, Common, Cultivated

Diligent, Unweary, Industrious, Noble, Majestic, Imperial

Steadfast, Valiant, Heroic

Sinister, Fiendish, Modest, Demonic, Frugal, Austere

Tropical, Exotic, Edenic

Water, River, Ocean, Stained

Wintry, Icy, Glacial, Friged, Absolute

Leporine, Merry, Tipsy

Rural and Farmed

Marshy, Swamp, Boggy, Fungal

Sweetened, Sugary, Fruity

Fermented, Bovine, Caffine, Citrus, Minty

Arid, Barren, Desolate

Rocky, Tolerant, Hardy, Resilient

Ancient, Primeval, Prehistoric, Relic

Decaying, Skeletal, Creepy

Rusty, Corroded, Tarnished, Leaden

Ender

Fossilized, Resinous, Oily, Preserved

Marbled, Gothic, Renaissance, Classical

Maroon, Saffron, Prussian, Natural, Ebony, Bleached, Sepia

Amber, Turquoise, Indigo, Slate, Azure, Lavender, Lime

Fuchsia and Ashen

Excited, Energetic, Ecstatic

Galvanized, Impregnable, Resolute, Brazen, Fortified

Shining(shiny), Glittering, Precious, Valuable

Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Olivine, Diamond

Unstable, Nuclear, Radioactive

Embittered, Angry, Furious, Volcanic

Vicious, Glutinious, Sticky

Malicious, Infectious, Virulent

Corrosive, Caustic, Acidic

Shadowed(Shadowy), Darkened, Abyssmal(Abyss)

ReferencesEdit

http://forestry.sengir.net/wiki/index.php?n=Beebreeding.Main

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