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.
Information Area Outputs
Slot I - General Information:
- Species - type Forest, Meadows, etc
- Lifespan - how long a Queen will live/work before producing the next generation
- Speed - how quickly she will produce combs or other goods
- Pollin. (Pollination) - how quickly the specimens will encourage their particular flower to grow, and also how quickly the specimens will affect nearby trees for Arborculture
- Flowers - The accepted variety of “flowers” the specimens require to work. Most specimens will use the red or yellow flowers found in Minecraft, though other types may use Cacti, or other types of plants…
- Fertility - How many Drones the Queen will spawn when reproducing (1 Princess is always produced)
- Area - X, Y and Z dimensions, centred on the apiary or alveary, of the specimens' territory. They will search only their territory for flowers, and may have an effect within it.
- Effect - What effect (if any) the specimens produce within their territory.
Slot II - Additional Information:
- Climate - What temperature the specimen will be able to work in.
- Temp.Tol (Temperature Tolerance) - The difference from its preferred Climate a specimen will be able to work in.
- Humidity - The specimen's preferred humidity
- Humid.Tol (Humidity Tolerance) - The difference from its preferred Humidity a specimen will be able to work in.
- Nocturnal - Whether or not the specimen will work during nighttime (in addition to during the day).
- Flyer - Whether or not the specimen will be able to work during rain or snow.
- Cave - Whether or not the specimen's housing (apiary or alveary) must be exposed to the sky for the specimen to work.
- Origin Type - Either Natural Origin (the specimen was dropped from a hive or is descended from one that was) or Artificial Origin (the specimen was produced by a swarmer or is descended from one that was)
- Generations in Captivity - The number of generations since the original princess that was dropped from a hive. Bees with Artificial Origin may die out from genetic exhaustion after some generations. Natural Origin specimens will last indefinitely.
Slot III - Produce: This page has two lists:
- Possible Produce lists all the items the specimen will produce in the normal course of its life.
- Possible Speciality lists all the items the specimens may produce if certain conditions are met (usually having to do with matching their preferred climate and humidity).
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.
- 4 x Tin Ingot
- 2 x Glass Panes
- 2 x Redstone Dust
- 1 x Diamond
- 2000mB of Water
- 1 x Portable Analyzer
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.