Are bees haploid?

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Christelle Langenau

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Are bees haploid?
« on: 08/06/2010 17:30:02 »
Christelle Langenau asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Please explain the haploid - diploid basics of bee make up.

What do you think?
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Offline mabsj2

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Are bees haploid?
« Reply #1 on: 13/06/2010 10:15:48 »
male bees (drones) are haploid because they develop from unfertilized eggs but they are fertile while females (Queens and worker bees) develop from fertilized eggs and are diploid. details here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee#Life_cycle