The drones are the only male individuals in the colony. They have wings, although unlike the queen, these are permanent.  The drones’ only function is to mate with the new queens. In the mating time the drones will fly out of the nest first, forming like clouds in the air. The new queens will follow, and they will mate with the drones in the air.  After the mating, the drones will soon die. Their span of adult life is only two or three days.

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