Drones are male bees from colonies of social bees. Drones form from unfertilised eggs within colonies of honey bees and bumble bees. The drones leave the colonies and mate with gynes (new queens) from other colonies before dying.

A photograph of a drone honey bee.

A photograph of a drone honey bee.
Photograph by Waugsberg licensed under Creative Commons.

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