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Hive life is the ultimate reality show

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – Move over Chris Harrison, there’s another reality show worth watching.

In a remote colony run by females and ruled by a queen, the males can be cast aside one by one. No roses will be given. In this house, life is brutal and your time in the colony can come to a quick, unceremonious end.

Such was the case this week in the ABC21 bee hive,  as we witnessed one of the boys literally  thrown from the hive by two worker bees. Yes, the females choose when to boot the males.

This time of year, when nourishing flowers begin to die off, the colony adjusts by reducing its numbers. The victims are always the drones. Their only job is to mate with the queen. As their mission ends and resources become thin, workers bees will pull drones from the hive and cast them out. On The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, this means tears, frustration and a limo ride to the airport. But in an apiary, this is a death sentence.


For more on the drama of life in a bee colony, check out our friends at Southwest Honey Company.

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Brien McElhatten

Brien McElhatten anchors the evening weekday newscasts at ABC21. He also hosts and produces the ABC21 Daily podcast.

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