The queen bee is the most important bee in the entire hive. She is solely responsible for the longevity of the hive. She is treated like royalty in the hive, hence her name as the queen bee.
Queen bees lay eggs during the spring and early summer months. She can lay about 1500 eggs per day and lay the same amount of eggs in weight as her own body weight. Attendant worker bees are constantly feeding and grooming the queen bee to make sure that she can do her job of laying eggs as well as she can.
A hive can have about 40,000 to 60,000 bees in the hive during the summer. The queen bee is responsible for creating all of those bees. The queen bee lives for about three to four years. The queen is capable of mating with 17 different drone bees, which are the males in the hive, each day.
Bees keep the hive at a constant temperature of 92- 93 degrees, and it does not matter if the outside temperature is 105 degrees or the temperature is 30 degrees outside. The queen bees are very particular with the environment that they are in for laying their eggs and the worker bees will do whatever it takes to help the queen bee stay comfortable.
Although all worker bees are female, the queen bee is the only bee that can reproduce. This is because the queen bee eats what is known as royal jelly. Royal jelly is a protein that is secreted from the top of worker bees. This jelly allows the queen bee to be the only female adult to be able to reproduce.
When the old queen is ready to die, she lays multiple new queen bee eggs. Once the first queen bee hatches, her first goal is to destroy her competition. She goes and slashes the cells of the other queen bee eggs. If other queen bees have hatched they must have a battle to the death to figure out the new queen.
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