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  •  Drone insects serve no useful purpose (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, maryabein, Siri

    There may be a parallel here.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 07:08:13 AM PST

    •  actually drones (2+ / 0-)
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      are fetrile males in a haplodiploid insect system. Without them, there would be no futher generations.

      As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

      by BPARTR on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 07:15:38 AM PST

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      •  fertile males (0+ / 0-)

        As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

        by BPARTR on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 07:15:59 AM PST

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      •  Oh, I know (1+ / 0-)
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        They serve exactly ONE purpose then, for a few minutes - mating flight.

        The rest of the time they are burdens on the insect society.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 07:19:05 AM PST

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        •  exactly, but (2+ / 0-)
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          the evolutionary benefit of haplo-diploidy is to make the sterile workers more related to other sterile workers than to their own putative offspring- that is , they are more related to their "sisters" than is the queen. In effect, both the drones and the queen, who are 1/2 related to their offspring, are the hapless dupes of the sisterhood of workers who are 3/4 related to other workers. In that sense, feeding a few drones, and the queen, is a small price to pay for producing hundreds of thousands of sisters- and new queens who are more related to the sisteres than they would be to their own offspring.

          ( not that any of this has anything to do with the actual thread fo the diary, of course.)

          As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

          by BPARTR on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 11:42:08 AM PST

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