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Historical confusion about honey bee reproduction is described in Storey’s Guide to "Keeping Bees"

2nd. edition, Macolm Sanford & Richard Bonney by listing the historical discoveries by date below. Look how far we have come!

1586 queen is female!

1609 drones are male!

1750 pollen is male part of flowers!

1792 drones mate with queens!

1845 drones are parthenogenic offspring!

BTW, this is my recommendation for a beekeeping beginner's book.



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