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A short guide to bee breeding

Page: Beebreeding.Main - Last Modified : Mon, 01 Oct 12

Overview

The random number generator giveth and the random number generator taketh away.

Beebreeding has changed a lot from 1.3 to 1.4 of Forestry. You will still primarily try to breed new species by combining others. But if you are so inclined you are now able to actually try and improve your breeds and don't need to accept what Mother Minecraft gives you. You finally have that Industrious pure bred, but it's awfully slow in producing those precious pollen? Crossbreed that strain with your fast Cultivated bees. You love the glowstone your Demonic queen gives you, but you are getting annoyed at constantly bursting into flames whenever you approach her apiary? Interbreed her with your Imperial strain until you have Demonic bees that regenerate you instead of torching everyone walking up to them.

A host of species now also interact with their environment. From the benevolent regenerating bees of the Imperial strain to the rather dangerous bees of the Demonic kind or the volatile Austere bees, you cannot expect your bees to just passively endure their captivity anymore. And you might want to get your Mendel on to make some of your bees less dangerous.

1.4 also brings new natural hives, new species and whole new branches of bees, most with their own effects, preferred climates and - of course - possible combinations for mutation. This short guide will try to give you a short overview of the basics of the new genome system but will obviously not be able to cover all possible implications. Most higher species will also be left for you to discover.

Mating

Where did my clones go?

One of the first changes from 1.3 you will notice is that your queen cannot change her species on mating anymore. Instead she will just be fertilized. The result of the mating will only become evident when your queen dies and spawns her offspring. Each offspring will then receive its own genetic makeup using the genomes of both parents.

Genetics

Frickin' bees with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads.

Bees now 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.

#ChromosomeDescription
0SPECIESSpecies 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.
1SPEEDProduction speed
2LIFESPANLifespan
3FERTILITYThe more fertile a bee is, the more drones a dying queen will spawn on average.
4TEMPERATURE_TOLERANCEEvery bee has a preferred temperature. Only if the bee tolerates other temperatures than the preferred can she be transplanted to other climes.
5NOCTURNALNocturnal bees will work day and night
6-{Unused}
7HUMIDITY_TOLERANCEClimate is defined by temperature and humidity. This determines what other humidities the bee can tolerate apart from the preferred one.
8TOLERANT_FLYEROnly strong or tolerant flyers can work in rain.
9CAVE_DWELLINGOnly cave dwellers will accept to be enclosed and not require a line of sight to the sky.
10FLOWER_PROVIDERBees 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.
11FLOWERINGThis determines the rate at which a bee will pollinate flowers around the apiary.
12TERRITORYAny bee will be protective of her territory, which also determines the area in which she'll search for flowers.
13EFFECTSeveral species have an effect on their environment which is determined by this chromosome.

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

Inheritance

Who is this Mendel guy and what did he do with my bees?

Inheritance follows basic Mendel genetics. If you don't know what I am talking about, best just read up on it on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendelian_inheritance .

Mutation

Inheritance alone will not get you the higher end species of bees in Forestry. Luckily mating the right combination of bee species has a chance of giving you a - possibly - better species. Some mutations can also only occur in the right biome. Hell bees will obviously only rarely occur in the overworld. The right combinations are for you to discover by using the tools available to you, especially that nifty little toy mentioned above, the beealyzer. However to help you along here are a few hints that may or may not help you:

?Biome
Mixing naturally occuring bees may give you something even more common.
Crossing something common with naturally occuring 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