Male honey bees, called drones, exist solely to mate with a queen bee.


In the fall, when foraging becomes scarce, drones become a drain on the hive.

So, female worker bees starve the drones to weaken them,

then escort them to the hive entrance and throw them out of the hive.

The drones die from hypothermia or starvation.

Bee Boys

24" x 24" x 1.5"      acrylic and collage on canvas

©Lezlie Jane                                                                                private collection