I know that drones are thrown out of the hives when cold weather starts, but today I noticed that the drones in one of my hives are being shown the door and it's the middle of July.
It's kind of funny to watch - although he's 25% larger than the worker bees, there's little he can do as one of them determinedly escorts him out of the hive and over the edge of the bottom board. I saw four of them being put out in under five minutes.
Granted some of them simply fly right back into the hive after they are dumped but I get the feeling that regardless how much they fight it, these drones' days are numbered.
Any explanations why this might be happening now? Is it unusual?
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