Did you know:
Drones cannot sting; their stinger has been replaced with a sex organ?
Drones fertilize receptive queen bees?
Several drones will mate a queen on her mating flight?
Drones die after mating because the penis and associated abdominal tissues are ripped from the drone’s body at sexual intercourse?
Drones have eyes twice the size of worker bees and queens?
The life expectancy of a drone is about 90 days?
In areas with cold winters, drones are driven out of the hive in autumn. A colony will begin to rear drones again in the spring and early summer?
The drone population peaks at the same time swarm season occur?
Drones only carry the genetics of the queen, resulting in an unfertilized egg?
Drones are not in the group of bees in which the tag line “busy as a bee” applies. Drones don’t exhibit typical worker bee behaviors such as nectar and pollen gathering, nursing, or hive construction?
When a drone is picked up by hand, they will often times try to frighten the disturber by swinging its tail towards the fingers; they are otherwise defenseless without a stinger?