Preface by Dr. David Tarpy, North Carolina State University, Releigh, NC. The fate of the queen and the drones she mates with ultimately determines the fate of your colony. This book covers the development and colony regulation of drone and queen production, how they mate and influence the hive. A section on introductory bee genetics explains sex determination, the role of drone diversity, and other concepts beekeepers must understand. Look at model breeding programs using survivor and mite-resistant stocks (yours and others) to develop a miticide free management plan. This book features all full color photographs.