Queen Bee - Donagh Bees

Queen Bee

Queen bee
The queen bee is the single most important member of a colony of bees.
👉 10 fascinating facts about the queen bee:
The queen bee is exclusively responsible for the temperament of the colony which she controls with her pheromone (scent)
Queen bees can lay fertilized and unfertilized eggs. The latter become males – drones
A fertilized egg can turn into either a worker bee or a queen. Diet is what determines this outcome. Queens are fed royal jelly throughout their egg and larvae stages
During her maiden flight a queen will mate with numerous drones and the sperm collected on this one outing will last for the rest of her life
A queen bee can produce over 3,000 eggs in a single day at the peak of her laying, more than her own body weight in eggs
A queen bee is continuously surrounded by worker bees who meet her every need, giving her food and disposing of her waste
She will live for between 2 and 7 years (for some reason her longevity has decreased in recent times)
A queen bee can sting, her stinger is not barbed like a worker bee’s so she can sting multiple times. A queen bee will only use her stinger when fighting rival queen bees
The stinger of a queen bee is her ovipositor (the organ used to lay and position eggs)
As the queen ages her pheromone output diminishes. A queen bee that becomes old, or is diseased or failing, is replaced by the workers in a procedure known as “supersedure”
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