Drone Congregation areas

It was when listening to Jacqueline Freeman’s book on my way to visiting Clare Denesley at Buckfast Abbey that I first heard about Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs), and I was absolutely fascinated.

DCAs at Ancient Sites

The thought that drones left their hives each day and gathered together with other neighbouring drones, simply hanging out for a queen to happen to pass by, was astonishing. The additional sense of intrigue was that these areas are recognised ancient sites. Many beekeepers of old have searched and found these sites that remain the same over many years. There have been studies into what makes them special locations; is it the height? Surrounding trees? Open landscape?

Energetic pathways

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Copulation flight of queen and drone honey bee

 

All of them have their own qualities. I was aware of dowsing and ley lines, but had not connected their significance with bees until Jacqueline mentions that the DCAs could be on special points of energetic interest, a joining of energy pathways that meet and produce an attractive location for the drones to ‘hang out’ together.

 

 

Magnetite

From a scientific perspective, it makes sense that insects would follow magnetic energy fields or even water ways, after all it’s common knowledge that birds and fish migrate using such methods. After six days of age, drones have a sudden increase in magnetite in their abdomens, could it be this that literally pulls them to the DCAs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite a busy summer so far with bees, I have yet to find one of these sacred Drone Congregation areas  locally, but haven’t given up hope that, like a drone, I too will one day be led to one!

This is an excerpt from my book ‘A to Bee’s’, fifty tales of my journey from an artist to a bee speaker. First edition available from independent bookstores through Gardners book distributors or on my website HERE.

The full colour second edition, sponsored by Candide Gardening app, with an additional chapter about my trip to Bhutan is exclusively available at The Newt in Somerset Home and Garden Shop, and at Babylonstoren in South Africa.

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