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Janssen Pollinator Trail – Station 07

The Drone Honeybee

A Drone is a male bee whose only function is to mate with a Queen, thereby making her capable of producing fertile eggs. Unfortunately for the Drone he has a relatively short life cycle as the act of mating ultimately leads to his death. Manuka Honey is produced from the flowers of a Leptospermum or ‘Tea Tree’ plant. Keep an eye out for some growing beside the path, as you approach the next station.