7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Queen Bee

<p>The honeybee is one of the most collaborave insects in the world. Each hive consists of thousands of bees working together in order to build and sustain a colony. Within the colony, each bee has a specic role to play.</p>
<p>The queen bee is essenal to the life of the hive. Though her fate is determined before she is born, her life is far from royal. Her sole role in the hive is that of reproducon and she only leaves the hive once in her life.</p>
<h4><strong>1. Queen Bee Eliminates the Compeon</strong></h4>
<p>The queen bee develops from a larva into a pupa aer eight days. Nurse bees will select 10 to 20 newly hatched female larvae and begin feeding them a strict diet of royal jelly, a milky white substance that be bees secrete from the tops of their heads. The exclusive diet of royal jelly turns on the female larva's reproducve system, turning her into a queen. Royal jelly is high in protein, simple sugars, fay acids, B vitamins, trace minerals, and anbacterial and anbioc components.</p>
<p>When she emerges, her rst priority is to destroy any other potenal queen bee pupae. She slashes open their shells with her snger or calls them into bale with her piping cry which only queen bees can m</p>
<p><strong>2. Mang ghts </strong></p>
<p>When a new queen emerges from her cell she is a virgin capable only of laying inferle eggs desned to become male drones. She must mate with several drones from other colonies to become ferle. To do this, she takes mang ights. During this me, she will mate with up to 30 drones (male bees).</p>
<p>Once completed, she will return to the hive and begin her life-long job of laying as many eggs as possible. For many queens, this is the only me in their lives they leave the hive.</p>
<p>The queen mates with many drones so she can be assured of genec diversity in the colony. In the summer, she can lay up to 2000 eggs a day</p>
<h4><strong>3. Is the Queen Bee Really in Charge? </strong></h4>
<p>The queen is the only bee capable of laying ferlized eggs but she does not make colony decisions. It is the worker bees who make decisions for the colony.</p>
<p>When egg laying is needed, the worker clean cells and prepare them for the queen. She will not lay in a cell that has not been prepared.</p>
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<h4><strong>4. Do queens have sngers?</strong></h4>
<p>A queen bee does have a snger but it is dierent than that of the workers. She is not tasked with the duty of hive protecon. Chasing o predators, such as a bear or rowdy beekeeper is not her problem.</p>
<p>But this does not mean that her snger is without a purpose. The smooth snger of a queen is not barbed at the end. It is only used to kill rival virgin queens.</p>
<h4><strong>5. The largest bee in the colony</strong></h4>
<p>A mature mated queen is about twice the size of the workers. This is due primarily to her long abdomen.</p>
<p>Her size can vary a bit due to the type of bee (or race) that is part of her genec heritage.</p>
<p>Although beekeepers become more eecve at spong the queen over me, it is quite common to "mark" the queen.</p>
<h4><strong>6. A special place </strong></h4>
<p>Because a developing queen bee is larger than normal workers, she requires a larger cell for growth and development. These large cells are called queen cells.</p>
<p>They are easy to idenfy due to the large peanut shape on the surface of the comb or hanging from the boom of frames.</p>
<h4><strong>7. A royal perfume </strong></h4>
<p><strong>Queen bee has a unique smell</strong>.</p>
<p>Bees, ants and wasps all evolved colonial life (and the queen-worker dichotomy) independently, so many researchers expected them to have unique queen pheromones.</p>
<h4><strong>Queen honey bee constantly emits pheromones.</strong></h4>
<p>These pheromones are passed throughout the colony and tell the colony that all is well. Workers spread them by antenna touching and other grooming acvies.</p>
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<p>We can truly say that the queen bee is a fascinang insect. She is the mother of all the bees in hive, responsible for laying all the eggs that will become female worker bees and male drones.</p>
<p>As a beekeeper, it is important to understand the role of the queen and her interacon with workers and drones. This will help you asses the health of the colony on an ongoing basis and troubleshoot when issues occur.</p>
<p><strong>Sources: </strong></p>
<p>1. Carolina Honeybees</p>
<p>2. Gees Bees</p>
<p>3. The Conversaon</p>
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