In nature, mating of drones and queens occurs in flight. The queen mates only at one early period of her life, during the so-called nuptial flight(s). About seven days after she emerges from her cell as an adult, she is considered sexually mature and will leave the hive to mate. A queen mates with about 17 drones (5). Queens are believed to fly to a location known as a drone congregation area (DCA) to mate. To this day, it is not possible to predict with certainty what geographical condition or other attributes are needed to establish a DCA. The results of recent work done with radar suggest that DCAs may be busy intersections in a complex network of drone pathways. Drones injure themselves mortally during mating, after which they fall to the ground and die.

Sleeping Sanctuary

Sleeping Sanctuary

Salvation For The Sleep Deprived The Ultimate Guide To Sleeping, Napping, Resting And  Restoring Your Energy. Of the many things that we do just instinctively and do not give much  of a thought to, sleep is probably the most prominent one. Most of us sleep only because we have to. We sleep because we cannot stay awake all 24 hours in the day.

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