They can’t sting… they don’t gather nectar… they don’t make wax…
So what EXACTLY is it that honeybee drones do?
This is one of the most common questions I hear when I’m manning the booth that our beekeeping organization sets up at the local agricultural fair every September.
It’s fun to watch the different reactions of males and females when I tell them a drone’s only role is to mate with a queen.
The men think “hey, that’s a pretty good life” – while the women tend to roll their eyes at their male companion’s smug attitude.
But the best part is the complete reversal of expressions as I go on to explain what happens to the drone when they finally achieve their mission in life.
As Wikipedia puts it:
Should a drone succeed in mating it will soon die because the penis and associated abdominal tissues are ripped from the drone’s body after sexual intercourse.
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