It seems my observation of the huge drone population has not gone to waste. There was an obnoxious buzzing noise coming from the middle of the lawn while i was doing my thrice daily rounds about the yard, so I went over to investigate. I found a drone with the ends of his wings chewed off trying to fly out of the grass. I picked him up to take a few pictures, and show him to my dogs who didn’t know what to do with him. Kira hates the bees with a passion, but because he wasn’t buzzing her, and because I was holding him, she didn’t know what to do. For the most part she just cowered under my hand like she expected me to sting her with him. Sam, big oaf that he is, started wagging his tail and bit him playfully. He loves chasing bumblebees if they let him. Buttercup was uninterested, as she is with everything (even treats) and just brought her ball over for me to throw.
Anyway, here are the pictures!
After playing with the drone for a bit, I went back over to the spot I found him and quickly located 2 other drones. So the girls are cleaning house of unwelcome guests it seems! I suppose this means there’s about to be a dearth (?). White Hive has several pounds of capped honey, but a greatly diminished population from the weeks without a queen and the swarm, on top of being split before that. Trunchen Hive has lots of drones from White Hive, and is raising their own, but little to no honey stores, as all of the available space is dedicated to brood. There were drones in the swarm too. So I suppose this means that I’ll need to keep an eye on the drone population next year, cause this year there are clearly too many.
Oh! And while I was searching for other drones, I found an ant carrying away a drones head. I suppose its good the ants are cleaning things up, so I don’t have to…?