3.4.1. Preparation for dissection

Immature drones which have just emerged from their cells, or which can be caught actually emerging, should be killed and dissected at once. Mature drones cannot be killed without partial eversion of the endophallus ensuing. Partly matured drones, if their development has not proceeded too far, can usually be killed without inducing eversion, though ejaculation often begins. Preserved material is useless for dissection of the reproductive organs, but preserved drones may be used for the dissection of the head, of the thorax to show the powerful flight muscles, and of the abdomen to show the immensely powerful abdominal muscles.