1An unfertilized queen bee.
- African virgin queens are more successful fighters, too, which gives them a significant advantage if they encounter other virgin queens in the colony.
- Although most drone bees are in fact as useless as clergy, at least one of them does perform an important function - fertilizing a virgin queen bee and engendering a new colony.
- The bees raise the virgin queens until mature at which time the beekeeper transfers them into a small hive called a nucleus.
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