The Expulsion Of The Drones -- honeybees do it; a practical lot, they kick out all or most of the drones at the onset of winter, removing the drain in their stored honey by now-useless hive members who have already performed their only function. (Nice video from a Canadian bee-blogger).
I can just imagine the happy scene were Congress to do the same, struggling Senators and Representatives being shoved down the Capitol steps by junior members and pages and piling up at the bottom. Heart-warming!
Don't worry for the bees. Much as we keep electing Congressthings, they'll make more in the Spring. Through the winter, there's a slow but steady death-rate and a small pile of dead bees will accumulate. Most of the bees will stay comfy enough, slowed down by the cold but hanging in there.*
* My mother kept bees for years and years; when she and Dad moved back to the Indy area, they had the hive up a little over a week before some officious type showed up from the (suburban) city, demanding they get rid of the "dangerous nuisance." What, there aren't naturally-occurring bees around? It was a very docile hive; she hadn't even had to smoke them to collect honey. ...But it had to go.... Sad. That was some fabulously-good honey, too.
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