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What is a honey bee drone congregation area?

A drone congregation area (DCA) is a specific place where male honey bees gather and wait for young queens to visit. They are different from most mating areas because they are high above ground, suspended in air. All honey bee mating takes place in these areas—never on the ground or in the hive. Drone congregation […] Read more

Wednesday word file: drone congregation area (DCA)

A drone congregation area is a specific place where male honey bees congregate and wait for young queens to fly by. You often read that the drones are waiting for virgin queens but that is not technically correct because a young queen mates multiple times. The fact that she’s no longer a virgin after the […] Read more