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The ladies are getting ready for winter, and it’s a bad time to be a boy bee.

You see, the drones, AKA the boys, are big and dozy and need to be fed, but are tolerated during mating season just in case a virgin queen needs to go on a mating flight.  But once the weather turns a bit cooler and mating season comes to a close, the lady bees, AKA the workers, kick them out of the hive.  We were lucky enough to witness it on Saturday.

Drones being kicked out of the hiveThe lady bees are brutal.  There was no way those drones were getting back in the hive.  They sure did try, though.  But the workers were ruthless, and they were fighting off wasps, too!

Drones 2

Poor drones.  They didn’t stand a chance.