When we think of bees, most of us pay attention to the adult form of this insect. The same bee that buzzes around our backyard and causes a little anxiety when it gets too close. How often do you think about where these bees really travel? First we need to know a little about the queen.
As many of you probably know, the queen bee is responsible for spawning. The queen will leave the hive to mate and go near the male nebula flight area. This is where the male bees roam around, waiting for the queen to arrive. He knows exactly where to go and wastes little time. After all, he must return to the hive and begin his duties.
When the male bees see a queen bee, they fly over it and try to position themselves in the right position so that they can align their endophallus with the right place on the queen. Male bees have only one job in a colony, and that is to mate with a queen. In fact, they will die after they mate with a queen! They have done their job and are no longer necessary for the survival of the colony.
A queen flies several times with male bees to collect all the sperm she needs to grow a colony. When he has finished, he returns to the hive and never leaves.
3 stages in the bee life cycle
Life cycle stages are generally the same for all bees (male, worker or queen bee). There are several unique differences that can help determine the type of bee that the egg is turning into. For example, the growth of a male bee takes about 24 days on average. A queen takes about 16 days, and a worker bee matures on average 18 to 22 days after hatching.
There are three major stages in a bee’s life cycle. So, let’s start from the beginning!
The hive is made up of hexagonal cells with a complex design. Some of these cells are used to store honey and others to incubate eggs. Worker bees build cells to house future adult bees: horizontal cells for queen bees and vertical cells for workers and male bees. Some cells are made larger than others, and these cells are specifically for male bees that are larger in size than a normal worker bee.
A queen lays eggs inside the cells based on the needs of the colony. He will decide whether the egg should be fertilized (worker bee or queen) or not fertilized (male bee). She continues to lay eggs until her sperm supply is depleted, which can take years!
When the rest of the hive realizes that he is slowing down in his role (as a breeder), the rest of the hive begins to prepare to create a new queen. They make queen cells and transfer the fertilized eggs into them. The larvae will continue the royal jelly diet until the first queen bees emerge from the cell. She becomes the new queen of the hive and resumes the mating process.
Three days after the egg is placed in a cell, it goes to the next stage of the process. The egg turns into a larva that looks like a small white worm. The larvae are cared for by nurse bees, which are worker bees whose main task is to feed the growing bees.
The larvae are fed uniformly for the first 3 to 4 days of life. Royal jelly is a substance produced by nurse bees. Royal jelly or bee milk, as it is often called, contains high levels of protein, water, fats and vitamins to make it an ideal meal for growing larvae. With this nutritious diet, the larvae grow rapidly and shed their outer skin several times to adapt to their growth.
Depending on the type of bee that the larva is to become, the worker bees wax the egg cell after about 6 days.
In the next stage of development, the larvae change significantly. They will build cocoons around themselves. Inside, they begin to develop all of the bee’s organs, including its wings, legs, and abdomen. This step will take between 7 to 15 days, depending on the type of adult bee.
After preparing to come out, they make their way out of the wax-covered cell and join the rest of the hive to play their part in the colony. They have finally reached the final stage of their life cycle – the stage of adulthood!
I myself, when buying honey, did not think that the producer of this substance had such a story behind it!