As Valentine’s Day approaches and we focus on “love”, I am so happy I am not a male bee! Mother Nature must have been doin’ some serious man hating on the day that she decided to create the male honey bee. Some guy must have forgotten to put the toilet seat back down that day or left some clothes on the floor for the very last time cause the poor old male honey bee sure got a bum rap for the way his life was about to evolve.
Male honey bees are called Drones. I know that Mother Nature had nothing to do with naming them, but you’d think that the guy who made up the name could have given this a bit more thought. To me, the word Drone conjures up images of “dim-witted” or “half-brained” . How’s a guy suppose to get a good start in life with that mill stone already wrapped around his neck? It’s like naming your kid “Dork”. Yah…that’s gonna bode well in the school playground for Junior!
Second, Mother Nature has decided that the drone should take more time to develop than the “girl” bees in the colony. Because of this, the Drone has become the best host for the Varroa mite who gets another 3 days to continue “sucking” on his blood. Many a beekeeper has learned to collect these drone combs and put them in the freezer as a strategy to help diminish Varroa mite populations in the hive. So the poor male bee doesn’t even get to “become” a bee before he is thrown into the deep freeze!
If he is fortunate to escape the deep freeze, than the Drone hits “pay dirt” for a while and hangs out with his fellow drones not too far from the hive waiting…..and waiting………..for a virgin Queen to fly by. It must be a good time for the drones. Hanging out with your buddies, drinking a few honey cream ales,talkin’ about sports and telling tales about that large mouth bass that “got away”.But when they see The Queen….well…… it’s every “man” for himself as they desperately try to run her down and mate with her in mid-flight. Now…that’s a feat that is way under appreciated. But wait, the Queen won’t just mate with 1 drone, she’ll do this with up to around 15 of them all in the same flight! Hey fellas, image if it was the drone who got the chance to mate with 15 virgin Queens all in a single flight. Those poor guys would get an even more despicable rap with a whole bunch of off-colored language that linked up with “dirty dogs”, and “good for nothing nymphomaniacs”. Yah…the drones are the decrepit ones!
But, getting back to the so-called “lucky” drones…….if Mr. Drone successfully mates with The Queen, than his “man hood” is RIPPED RIGHT OFF as he completes his task and then Mr. Drone falls perilously to his demise. HOLY FREAKIN’ #$*#!!!!!!!!!!! Now, that’s no way to die…free-falling to your demise from high up in the sky without your “winkie” as your best buddies laugh and point to the gaping void in your mid section!
And finally, if you managed to escape the “deep-freeze” and weren’t “lucky” enough to mate with The Queen, than you are banished from the hive in the autumn where you are left to freeze or starve to death! Unfortunately for the Drone, he is seen as a freeloader in the hive at this time off the year and will only diminish the honey reserves that will get the colony through Winter. Man oh Man……..Mother Nature is sure awful “tough” on the poor old drone.
So…there you have it. If you don’t get frozen by your beekeeper, have your mid-section ripped off and fall perilously to your demise, than you will be evicted from your home in the Fall where you will either freeze or starve to death. On this Valentines Day, I’ll give thanks that I am not a Drone.
“What’s that Beloved Wife…….the toilet seat????????? No it was Dutiful Son who left it up again!”……… Hey…….Between you and me….he’s younger, stronger……..and has lots of time…………… to learn how to take one for the team! BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBZZZZZZZZZZ.
And being a worker, would be better where over the course of a mere 40 days you’re worked to death? Or a queen, where you may lay thousands of eggs a day, and get to go outside maybe twice in your life if you’re lucky? I’ll be a drone, thank you very much. I’d get to spend summer afternoons flying high above the trees, and if I’m fortunate, get some sex (once).
You provide a good argument!
Thanks for your comments.
Hi! I found your post on Friendship Friday on Create with Joy! I do feel for the poor drone, but thank you for the giggle! I didn’t know all that, and you explained it in a very…. um…. descriptive way! I love watching the honey bees in summer, but now I will have a whole new set of thoughts popping up. LOL Have a great weekend!
Glad you enjoyed the post. Enjoy your weekend as well.
You sure made a painful death sound hilarious! Yeah, must confess; I never quite understood while the male got such a bum wrap. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Thanks for the laugh! You did a great job at making nature funny. Should we cry for the drone? Visiting from Tuesday With A Twist. Have a healthy wonderful day!
Glad it was enjoyable.
Very funny! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday.
Informative and entertaining. I believe I would agree with Stephen though. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!
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Woah, it’s really not fun to be a male honey bee! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.
Thanks for the opportunity.
You slay me!!!!!! Literally laughed out loud at the “free-falling to your demise from high up in the sky without your “winkie” as your best buddies laugh and point” part. I had NO idea.
It’s good to be the Queen. 😉
Glad you had a laugh! You may want to consider if it’s “good” to be the Queen. She’s gonna’ lay over 10000 eggs EVERY day during our warmer times of the year. Nice to hear from you.
P.S. I was kinda hoping for a pic of the mid-air goings-on. LOL!
Fabulous post!! I agree with others though that being the queen isn’t all that fun either!!
Glad you enjoyed the post.
Well, you’ve done it again. Thanks for sharing the humorous side of backyard farming…I always learn something new and come away laughing… 🙂
Nice to hear from you. I’m glad that I gave you a laugh!
Just saw your blog hop write up. Thanks soooooo much for the kind words.
Ha! I have been meaning to read this post for *ages* and I am so glad that I finally got around it it! 🙂
Totally going to show this to my hubby next time he leaves the toilet seat up!
Happy belated Valentine’s Day!
Go easy on hubby!
Happy belated Valentine’s to you as well.