A few nice best drone pictures images I found:
Image from page 166 of “Gleanings in bee culture” (1874)
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Title: Gleanings in bee culture
Year: 1874 (1870s)
Subjects: Bees Bee culture
Publisher: [Medina, Ohio, A. I. Root Co.]
Contributing Library: UMass Amherst Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries
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e sizeof bees in different colonies. But in thegreat majority of instances the differencein the size of the workers is due to thedifference in the size of the abdomen, de-pending upon whether they are distendedor contracted. Bees that have been feedingheavily, or those whose abdomens are swoll-en because of an overcharged condition ofthe intestines, look very different fiom other bees whose blunt contracted appear-ance makes them look very much smaller. The first illustration shows two workerbees, both of which are distended, the oneat the left rather more than the one at theright. Altho both looked large there wasan actual difference of about 1/16 of aninch in their length. The second illustration shows a workerbee with a distended abdomen, then a work-er with a contracted abdomen, and, last, anold shiny bee—from all appearances a rob-ber. These bees were all taken from thesame colony at the same time. So far ashead, legs, and thorax were concerned they 106 Gleanings in bee culture
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Two bees with distended abdomens, making them look large, almost like a queen.Photographed on Seed 23 plate; time, one minute. were substantially the same size; but thedifference in the entire length, including theabdomen, was very marked indeed. Theblack shiny bee at the right looks more likea diminutive drone than worker on accountof the round blunt ajipearance of the abdo-men. The bee itself, however, did not lookquite so blunt as represented by the photo-graph, for the tip of the abdomen wasturned down somewhat so that it did notshow plainly. SOME INTERESTING MALFORMATIONS. In one hive we found several very curi-rious-looking bees running about on thealighting-board. They Avere not makingany attempt to fly, especially the one inparticular which had no wings. The illus- tration shows three cripjDles that were aliveand apparently well when found. Howlong they would have been permitted toremain in the hive is hard to say. Someof them were so badly twisted that they hadto turn around
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