The ladies are getting ready for winter, and it’s a bad time to be a boy bee.
You see, the drones, AKA the boys, are big and dozy and need to be fed, but are tolerated during mating season just in case a virgin queen needs to go on a mating flight. But once the weather turns a bit cooler and mating season comes to a close, the lady bees, AKA the workers, kick them out of the hive. We were lucky enough to witness it on Saturday.
Poor drones. They didn’t stand a chance.
- Video: A Drone Mates With a Queen Bee in Glorious Slow-Motion (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)