The Queen Bee must be a Logistics Expert to guide her team to different locations, depending on circumstances and Nature’s Call. Ever wonder what guides the Honey Bee Queen in times of crisis?
One protein in royal jelly is the active ingredient that causes a larva becomes a queen bee, according to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.
Bees are grouped together with ants, wasps, and related insects into the order of Hymenoptera. This order includes not only those insect forms which live in colonies and carry on division of labor, but numerous forms that live alone as well. The members of the order show close relationship both in body structure and in the way they perform their life activities.
The life history of the bee is a fine example of community life and mutual help. Each member of the colony works for the good of all, and this habit has resulted in great success, as well as remarkable development for each individual. Instinct alone accounts for the high degree of division of labor in the beehive.
The life cycle of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) is similar to that of other insects, passing through egg, larval, and pupal stages before maturing to the adult stage. There are three types of bees: worker bees are sterile females, drones are fertile males, and in each colony there is one queen, a female whose job it is to lay eggs for the entire colony.