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Busy December Bees

flying inEven 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.

A bee on the right of the photo is bringing in a large packet of dusty yellow pollen.

A bee towards the right of the photo is bringing in a large packet of dusty yellow pollen.

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.

A drone peaking out of the entrance.

A drone peeking out of the entrance.

Compare the drone above to this female worker bee.

Compare the drone above to this female worker bee.

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.

This drone is just taking off. He will probably circle around and try to get back in.

This drone is just taking off. He will probably circle around and try to get back in.

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