I bet the village footballers don’t know, but they play underneath a Drone Congregation Area, those secretive places that honeybee queens and drones meet to mate.
I had a hunch that the village recreation ground might be a suitable site, but was disappointed at first that no drones were chasing the queen lure on the end of the fishing rod.
But after a while, they arrived and wouldn’t leave.
I suspect that they lie in wait somewhere (in this case maybe the substitutes’ bench) waiting for a pheromone or other stimulus before raising themselves into action. It happens on almost every site — a short, but definite delay, before the drones leap into action.
So far I’ve located six Drone Congregation Areas — each about one or two kilometres apart. The mapping has begun, but I fear the drone season may be closing in.
The story so far:
1 July 2015 In search of a mate
2 July 2015 Drone Congregation Areas
7 July 2015 Another Drone Congregation Area
20 July 2015 Video of Life in a Drone Congregation Area
28 July 2015 Do drones assemble above prehistoric sites?
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