Bee – The woeful drone

スポンサーリンク

This brings us to the only male bee in the colony. Drones make up a relatively small percentage of the hive’s total population. At the peak of the season their numbers may be only in the hundreds. You rarely find more than a thousand.

New beekeepers often mistake a for the queen, because he is larger and stouter than a worker bee. But his shape is in fact more like a barrel (the queen’s shape is thinner, more delicate and tapered). The drone’s eyes are huge and seem to cover his entire head. He doesn’t forage for food from flowers — he has no pollen baskets. He doesn’t help with the building of comb — he has no wax-producing glands. Nor can he help defend the hive — he has no stinger and can be handled by the beekeeper with absolute confidence.

The drone gets a bad rap in many bee books. Described as lazy, glutinous, and incapable of caring for himself, you might even begin wondering what he’s good for?

He mates! Procreation is the drone’s primary purpose in life. Despite their high maintenance (they must be fed and cared for by the worker bees), drones are tolerated and allowed to remain in the hive because they may be needed to mate with a new virgin queen (when the old queen dies or needs to be superseded). Mating occurs outside of the hive in mid-flight, 200 to 300 feet in the air. This location is known as the “drone Mating Area”, and it can be a mile or more away from the hive. The drone’s big eyes come in handy for spotting virgin queens taking their nuptial flights. The few drones that do get a chance to mate are in for a sobering surprise. They die after mating! That’s because their sex organ is barbed (like the worker bee’s stinger). An organ inside the queen called the “spermatheca” is the receptacle for the sperm. The queen will mate with several drones during her “nuptial flight”. After mating with the queen, the drone’s most personal apparatus and a significant part of its internal anatomy is torn away, and it falls to its death, a fact that prompts empathetic groans from the men in my lectures and unsympathetic cheers from the women.

スポンサーリンク

Once the weather gets cooler and the mating season comes to a close, the workers will not tolerate having drones around. After all, those fellows have big appetites and would consume a tremendous amount of food during the perilous winter months. So in cooler climates at the end of the nectarproducing season, you will see the worker bees systematically expelling the drones from the hive. They are literally tossed out the door. For those beekeepers who live in areas that experience cold winters, this is your signal that the beekeeping season is over for the year.

Want to build a Wooden Sleigh as Decoration?

Just check out the internet, there are Small Workshop Design to satisfy all skill levels. And you can download Finewoodworking Lathe Stand Plans, make woodworking easier and more fun !

More Drone Articles

ポールスミス ドローンバイポールポーチ 新品タグ付 未使用品 + MORE

スポンサーリンク

世界が注目 ドローン宅配解禁! 規制緩和はビジネスチャンス!

– google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989

世界が注目 ドローン宅配解禁! 規制緩和はビジネスチャンス!, シニア起業を前に、先取りで仕事をしてきた経験を、 モノづくり経営に活かそうという趣向のHP …

Continue Reading On google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989 »

戦争反省点&私的ドローン見解

– google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989

戦争反省点&私的ドローン見解. こんにちは、まずは昨日の戦争で以前から散々注意されていた斥候被りがありました そして、不運なことに斥候をした国家が単一 …

Continue Reading On google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989 »

ドローンをカボチャで撃ち落とすという、意味不明な実験をした映像

– google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989

最近何かと話題になっているドローン。日本でも飛行に許可が必要な場所の範囲など、ルール整備が急がれていますが、上空からどこにでも侵入できるため、 …

Continue Reading On google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989 »

ポールスミス ドローンバイポールポーチ 新品タグ付 未使用品

– google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989

ドローンバイポールポーチポールスミスの新品タグ付の可愛いポーチ、未使用品です。 ハンドペインティングの鳥の絵が可愛いコットンキャンバス素材のポーチです …

Continue Reading On google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989 »

反原発は人気ないけど、ドローンと抱き合わせでアピールしたかった

– google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989

首相官邸の屋上で小型無人機「」が見つかった事件で、 東京地裁(田辺三保子裁判長)は6日、威力業務妨害などの罪に問われた福井県小浜市の山本 …

Continue Reading On google.com/alerts/feeds/04446903926269928712/11073022885988107989 »