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    Edit to add (without editing). This thread appears to be about honeybees. There are a multitude of other pollinators that do a lot of the heavy lifting that honeybees cannot do. bumblebees, carpenter...
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    A few interjections :)

    The queen does not mate with drones from her own colony. Even bees seem to understand that is a recipe for disaster, but rather, the newly hatched virgin queen...
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    Yes, the hive's population is always in a state of being turned over, but with their 'hive mind' perhaps they all know what their predecessors knew and experienced and so the hive has a continuous...
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    Very touching story. But... worker bees live on average about six weeks in summer and about five months in their winter cluster. Drones can live eight weeks and are usually kicked out of the hive as...
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