You all seem to enjoy learning more about bees, so today we are going to discuss "balling the queen", aka "cuddle death." Me, I prefer the latter term. It is EVER so much more dramatic, with no sexual overtones!
Now it's not always fun and games being a queen bee. Although you might think the monarch is in charge of the hive, in fact she is really just a slave. A coddled, pampered slave, but a slave nonetheless. She can do nothing for herself; the worker bees have to feed and groom her and tend to her various needs. Queenie has one job in life, and that is to lay fertile eggs. The worker bees are the ones in control, and when things aren't going well with the Royalty, the worker girls play executioner: off with her head! Or something like that. Heads don't actually roll, most of the time, but the queen does get snuffed.
Honeybees will murder Queenie for various reasons: she might be elderly and not laying eggs particularly well (egg laying slows down as the queen ages.) Queenie might have some deformity, like a damaged leg. She might just smell funny that day. Whatever the reason, when the girls decide it's time for the queen to go, they take action swiftly and brutally.
They don't use a guillotine to slaughter the Royal One. Oh no. They use brute force. They use...
When they have decided it's time for Queenie to go, the worker bees surround her on all sides. They then push in towards her, squeezing in until Queenie overheats and dies. DIES.
Queenie's lifeless corpse is then unceremoniously dragged outside and dumped, and a new queen is born and takes over the hive.
Cuddle death... it's no way to treat a queen!