A drone of voices was audible through the closed window.
It came in the form of a drone who told him in her second language that information of that kind was not available.
But flies of the drone-fly kind cannot sting, and, so far as is known, are perfectly innocuous and edible.
The action of the bees themselves makes this point clear, for when the season of mating is past the drone is no longer needed, the providing of winter stores taking first place in the economy of the hive.
This forcibly suggests that the drone-fly mimics a honey-bee not only in appearance but also in the feel of its hairs or the nature of its buzz.