Beekeeping Bees

The Drones

Yesterday, As I was tidying up around the apiary removing leaves, I discovered these two poor little drone that had been removed from the hive.  Drones are male bees that serve to mate with queens other than their own.  As the cold sets in, they are seen by this female dominated society as literally “extra mouths to feed”.  Still soft, fuzzy and completely intact these were some of the last to be evicted from their hive. I find them beautiful. The queen will automatically lay new drones in the spring.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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