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Lisa's Bee Farm!



This is a female worker bee.  The age old question has been answered! Do drones (male honey bees) ever try to mate with workers or do they only go for queens? This infertile worker bee has mating sign coming from her abdomen.  Do you see the orange/brownish string coming from her backside looking almost like a bee tail?  So in conclusion, yes drones do mistake workers for virgin queens.  Worker bees are all female but do not have the capability of producing fertilized eggs due to the lack of developed ovaries.  This means only a queen who is mated can produce other female offspring.  Queens can also choose if they wish to lay a drone egg.  Workers can however lay unfertilized eggs which always results in a drone hatching.