Drone Congregations

This is a clever turn on Drone Congregation Areas!

Bee-Nuts

Cartoon 19

On summer afternoons scores of male bees (called drones) gather together in specific areas of the sky and wait for virgin queens to join them. When a queen does approach a spectacular chase begins which ends up in the queen being mated several times, and the successful drones instantly dying! (See Performance Anxiety) Most beekeepers would be very excited to see one of these ‘drone congregation areas’.

The cartoon was inspired by Harry, one of our local beekeepers, who has been keeping bees for 70 years.

Last year he got himself a quadcopter (also known as a ‘drone’) and took to the skies in search of drone congregation areas. Problem is I’m not sure which sort!

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About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a geophysicist who also does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with a popular blog at www.badbeekeeping.com. Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site: miksha.com.
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