Queen Bee

queen beeThere is only one queen per hive. The queen is the only bee with fully developed ovaries. A queen bee can live for 3-5 years. The queen mates only once with several male (drone) bees, and will remain fertile for life. She lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Fertilized eggs become female (worker bees) and unfertilized eggs become male (drone bees). When she dies or becomes unproductive, the other bees will “make” a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a diet of “royal jelly”. For queen bees, it takes 16 days from egg to emergence.

  1. The queen bee is fertilized in flight; the only time she is out of the hive.
  2. During this time, she will be fertilized by 10 – 15 drones.
  3. In a given day, a queen can lay her weight in eggs.
  4. The queen is fed by her workers. \’a0She is so busy laying eggs, she doesn’t have the time or energy to eat herself.
  5. In one day, a queen will lay one egg per minute, day and night, 24 hours a day, or about 200,000 eggs a year.
  6. A queen can live up to 2 years while her workers will only live for about 6 weeks.

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