A queen typically mates with about a dozen drones in mid-air, but that number sometimes reaches 40. (Photo: JSseng/Shutterstock)
You don’t casually date a queen.
Most male honeybees only get one shot at it. And she doesn’t have time for dinner.
So what does a humble drone do to make sure she always remembers him? Wear his best pin-striped suit? A bouquet of pollen-rich daisies?
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, suggest he brings something a little darker to the party: a toxin that makes her go blind…