Description Of Drones





When the family is large and honey abundant, a brood of drones is

reared; the number, probably, depends on the yield of honey, and size

of the swarm, more than anything else. As honey becomes scarce, they

are destroyed. Their bodies are large and rather clumsy, covered with

short hairs or bristles. Their abdomen terminates very abruptly,

without the symmetry of the queen or worker. Their buzzing, when on the

wing, is louder, and altogether different from the others. They seem to

be of the least value of any in the hive. Perhaps not more than one in

a thousand is ever called upon to perform the duty for which they were

designed. Yet they assist, on some occasions, to keep up the animal

heat necessary in the old hive after a swarm has left.





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