The queen makes mating flight during her early life and stores the sperm from up to 20 drones that she collects on these flights. Drones that mate with her die in the act. She can store the sperm for up to 5 years.
If you think you have a swarm of honey bees read our FAQs before calling a beekeeper.
Join BIBBA the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Association
Get involved in bee breeding. Like all other forms of life bees can be improved by selective breeding. BIBBA encourages beekeepers to work together in breeding groups. Much has been achieved but more could be done by beekeepers working together. Subs are £20 per annum and the Bee Improvement magazine is included in the subscription fee. Enquiries to the Membership Secretary Miss Enid Brown, Milton House, Main St. Scotlandwell, Kinross-shire, Scotland, KY13 9JA. Tel: 01592 840582 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Website.