Did you know that the main job of a queen bee is to lay eggs? It means that Her Majesty is actually the mother of all the other bees that live in the hive. But what is it like to be a queen in a beehive?
When the queen bee is still a larva, the worker bees feed her with a special food called “royal jelly” which is rich in essential nutrients that allow the larva to grow as a fertile queen. Once she comes out from her cell, the queen bee flies a few times to mate with drone bees, and yes, I am using the plural here! Researchers found that bees of a single hive might have up to 50 different fathers!(more…)