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The Significance of the Queen Bee

The queen bee is vital for the honey house. In most cases she is the mother of all bees in the colony or in the hive. You will recognize the queen if you see all bees because she is larger than all other worker bees. That is not the only difference. Usually queen bees live ten times as long as worker bees and that is also very important feature. If a person has a few hives with bees, he usually marks it with a color dot, so that he could recognize it later, although it is not really necessary. If something happens to the queen bee, the worker bees should choose another one. They have to choose several larvae, and then they should feed them with royal jelly because it would help the queen morphology to develop. Special queen cells are constructed for these small larvae and there they are surrounded by royal jelly.

It is possible for the queen bee to lay about two thousands of eggs per day. That is her most important quality. The queen usually has particular behavior; she could get aggressive sometimes. That's why when she sees that a strong bee has been born, she stings it to death. That bee could take her place later, so she prefers to get rid of it on time. The queens are really powerful because they release queen like scent or pheromones. The male honeybee is called drone. The drone dies soon after he mates with the queen bee.

The queen bee has to function as a reproducer. In good conditions during the spring, the queen could lay two thousands of eggs per day. There are always worker bees around the queen, so that they could meet all her needs. They could be called attendants, too, because they do the same job. Another interesting fact is that the female worker bees appear from the queen's fertilized eggs, and the drones develop from the unfertilized eggs.