Even this late in the season, it’s been pretty warm in Central Texas and the bees were very busy today. Perhaps they know a cold front is expected in a couple of days and they want to be prepared. They’re not only bringing in what pollen they can find, but are continuing the eviction of drones. Every time I go stand near the hive to watch, a few more drones are being forced out.
I’ve noticed a number of drones tentatively poke their heads out the opening and look around, sometimes walking around on the landing, before trying to go back in. Sometimes they’re successful, and sometimes they’re blocked at the entrance. Today, I saw several take off, circle around, and go back in.
The drones have large round eyes that meet in the middle of their head, and their bodies are much larger than a worker. The worker bee has a smaller head, which looks a bit triangular and flat.