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New research on where male honey bees gather to mate with queens

I’m not sure if I am doing this correctly as I haven’t posted a news item before, but anyway: I found this article fascinating and thought others might too:

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This is fine as an In the News post.
Fascinating study, with some answers but this still outstanding:

“The big puzzle is how drones find these areas. Our results showed that congregation areas will attract bees for at least two years, but no individual drone lives long enough to pass on knowledge about how to find them to the next generation.”

A drone has a short life but is single-minded about his work.

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Yes, those sort of questions are really fascinating. It’s like juvenile migratory birds - the Manx Shearwater springs to mind - that have to make an initial journey without any adults to show them the way. Mysterious.

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