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Natural Beekeeping 101: Drone laying queen

There was a question on my Facebook page about drone laying queen. So, now I have some pictures!drone laying queen

First, here is a quick bee biology reminder:
The queen mates a few times in the beginning of her “career” and stays in the hive for the rest of her life. The sperm, which she collected during her mating flights, stays in her spermatheca. If she lays an egg in the small cell, she releases the sperm from her spermatheca, thus fertilizing it. If she lays an egg in the large cell, she does not release the sperm, and the egg will develop into drone larva. Drones are big fussy bees that do not sting, by (more…)