honey bee, drone

Drone is a male of honey bee. In temperate climate drones are present in the colony during spring and summer. The main task of drones is to produce sperm and mate with a queen during mating flight. Drones develop from unfertilized eggs. The development occurs in drone cells. Drones differ from queens and workers not only in anatomy and behaviour but also in physiology [1].

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  1. Hrassnigg N., Crailsheim K. (2005) Differences in drone and worker physiology in honeybees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie 36:255-277.
  2. Currie R.W. (1987) The biology and behaviour of drones. Bee World 68:129–143.
  3. Taber S. (1998) Drones. American Bee Journal 138:891–892.