Before you get all excited about bug porn let us be clear: This post is educational. Right now, a couple of our hives have virgin queens in them and they will be mating soon. Queen’s only mate once over the period of a couple days. But during that time she’ll bring as many boys to the yard as possible. (Yes, that was a Kelis reference.)
This one, multi-partnered event will give her the ability to lay eggs for years. She keeps the drone bees’ sperm in her body and uses it on an as-needed basis. The more drones she has sex with, the more genetic material she can draw from. For most bees that means three years of prime baby making time. Which is way more than most who are in the Mile High Club. What? You don’t like subtle references to sexual aviation escapades in relation to flying insects?? Such a prude.