Is the Queen Bee is the most important bee?

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The honey bee queen is thought by many to be the most important member of her colony, honey bee workers sometimes determine when their colony is in need of a new queen. This occurs due to space constrictions, poor performance associated with age and the unexpected death of the queen. Because the queen is able of producing up to 2,000 eggs each day, space within a hive can become follow. A swarm results, where the mature queen leaves the colony with half of her workers to make a new colony. The other half of her workers stay with a new queen and continue their jobs in the old colony. As queen honey bees age, their egg-laying abilities decrease, and they lay their eggs in unorganized patterns. When an old queen begins to falter in performing such responsibilities, workers will induce her replacement. The aging queen is killed after the replacement process. Last, when a honey bee queen suddenly dies, an urgent and unplanned replacement occurs. Worker honey bees identify several larvae within the proper age range and begin to condition these larvae to become queens. The sole difference between a honey bee worker and a queen is in nourishment received during the maturation process workers feed prospective queens with royal jelly for their entire lives, while worker bees are fed royal jelly only during the first two days of their larval stage. Each colony can only be ruled by only one queen at a time. When a virgin queen finds another virgin queen or queens, she kills them all one at a time.

italian_queenWhen two virgin honey bee queens come together they fight to the death. The Queens control their workers by  the queen’s scent. After the new queen masters the hive, she attends a mating flight at the congregation site, where theirs thousands of males . Drones recognize a queen’s presence through her smell, but they will locate a queen by sight. Drones and queens mate in midair and drones die soon after giving their sperm to the queen. Queens mate with several drones in each mating flight, storing the drones’ sperm in her spermatheca. The honey bee queen mates at an early age and usually only goes to one mating flight, because her sperm only allow her to lay millions of eggs in her lifetime. Although a queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day during active seasons, the amount and pace at which a queen lays her eggs is greatly controlled by weather, food availability and the particular habits of her subspecies of honey bee. The queen’s fertilized eggs become female workers or future honey bee queens. The queen’s unfertilized eggs develop into male honeybees, or drones.The queen bee is the most important bee in the hive. She is the bee that births all other bees that live in the hive. Although she begins her life as any other larva, she is nurtured to queen status by being fed a special diet. Even then, the queen has to wage battle before she is the only reproducing female left in the hive.

whydosomequeQueen bees live a life like no other bee.The queen bee is the most important bee in the hive. She is the bee that births all other bees that live in the hive. Although she begins her life as any other larva, she is nurtured to queen status by being fed a special diet. Even then, the queen has to wage battle before she is the only reproducing female left in the hive. Queen bees live a life like no other bee.She is the bee that births all other bees that live in the hive. Although she begins her life as any other larva

 

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