Answered By: Connie Britton
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014     Views: 88

The answer will be found in this publication on the seasonal activities of honey bee colonies:http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/HBBiology/seasonal_activit.htm The publication describes how when nectar becomes scarce, the workers will kick the drones out of the hive, where they will eventually die, thus reducing the population and the demand on the stored food. Bees cut populations by cutting birth rates. The queen produces fewer eggs and fewer replacements (worker bees) are developed.