do they paint a symbolic representation of their names on their faces or is that a natural marking?
They are natural markings
prrb replied to your post: is there a difference between princess and queen ?…
so do the drones just sit there being male and all or do they get any special treatment or prejudice or idk
There are two kinds of drones in any Melliferian hive. Resident drones and the queen’s sons. Sons are not expected to do anything, and other than taking care of their needs (feeding them, etc.,), workers ignore them. They leave or are kicked out shortly after they are able to fly.
The resident drones are the queen’s suitors. They devote themselves to the queen as an individual, rather than as a symbol of the hive, and they take care of her. Because of this, they tend to be the first to realize if the queen has a problem of any kind, and get interrogated about her health by workers.
Drones tend to keep to themselves, spending a lot of time trying to make themselves look attractive with wearable decorations and similar things to compete with each other for the queen’s attention, but each is an individual, and some choose to pursue other activities within the hive.
There is no such thing as a princess bee, because there is no bee monarchy, nor in fact is there a ruling monarch, let alone heirs to the throne. Queen bees are just called that, and that carries over into what I call the different castes of Melliferian bee.
There are queen bees, worker bees and drone bees. Drones are male. Workers are sterile, and make up the bulk of a hive’s population, handling all the hive’s day to day needs like building comb, collecting food and water, rearing young and maintaining the hive’s internal temperature. Queens are able to lay eggs and that’s their primary job. Melliferian Queens additionally act as a sort of reference resource, knowing the names and current jobs of nearly all her children and having a general overview of hive activity. She also acts as a sort of symbol for the hive, her own identity and personality becoming shorthand for the hive’s personality. Outside of these unique talents and the moderate amount of sway she holds as such an important individual to the hive’s identity, Melliferian Queens have as much say as anyone else, so they aren’t literally queens.
prrb replied to your post: Since I only got one question, I’m going to expand…
30(something)AR is the best character i can feel it
I bet you thought you were kidding.