All these genetics can get pretty confusing pretty fast. Especially since every offspring will have its own genome built more or less randomly from both parents. So, if you don't keep crossbreeding the same offspring from that same Forest queen you knocked off a tree ages ago, you will have lots of specimens with funny genomes. But where would you get that genome information? Luckily there is the Portable Analyzer to help. It provides a non-invasive way to glean every last bit of information from your specimens, butterflies and trees. Just provide a honey or honeydew drop to pacify the specimen to have everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask at your fingertips.
With the Portable Analyzer firmly in hand, place it in the hotbar and right-click with it active. It will bring up an interface that will appear very similarly to this:
The Portable Analyzer GUI is divided into 3 main sections:
I - Information Area
Shows detailed information about each specimen placed in the Portable Analyzer.
II - Input Area
Each analysis requires 1 drop of either honey or honeydew, which will pacify the specimen and allow the Portable Analyzer to make an accurate determination of the specimen's genome. The Portable Analyzer will retain any honey or honeydew placed into the top slot. The second slot is where the specimen to be analyzed is placed. The specimen will be analyzed automatically (Note: Some versions of Forestry do not automatically analyze the specimen. If this occurs, click on the slot below the arrow to force the process.)
III - Information Slots
Consists of 5 slots into which analyzed specimen are placed to read out specific information. The first two readouts are divided into two columns, one for the Active genome, and the other for the Inactive genome. Traits in the Active column are the ones currently active, while the Inactive traits are still part of the specimen's genome, but will not impact the current generation of specimens. The Active traits on a Princess determine which conditions the specimens will be able to work in, while the Inactive traits on a Princess and both sets on a Drone will only come into play during the reproduction phase of specimen keeping.
Slot I - General Information:
Slot II - Additional Information:
Slot III - Produce: This page has two lists:
Slot IV - Mutations:
This slot outlines graphically the possible and discovered mutations of a specimen. (TODO: Explain more.)
Slot V - Classification & Description:
This slot contains other information about the specimens that are not directly related to their function. A scientific classification is available for each specimen in addition to a short description. Some of the descriptions may contain useful information about the specimen species, a hint on what to cross them with to get a mutation, or an amusing quotation. (Your mileage may vary on what you find amusing.) In general, this slot has little to no impact on the breeding mechanics.
The Portable Analyzer is handheld and does not require power to operate but instead needs to be supplied with honey or honeydew drops in the top-right slot.