What is it about babies? I love babies! Human babies…critter babies…they are all completely adorable! Baby bees are new to my list of cuteness. I must admit, they are at the very top! This little sweetie welcomed me to the hive, during inspection today.
Now keep in mind, the female worker bee constitutes the majority of the colony’s population. Worker bees do most of the chores for the hive, except for the laying of the eggs which is done by the Queen. These lovely ladies live only 6 weeks during the colony’s busy season. However, during the winter months, worker bees live up to 4-8 months. As the worker bee ages, she loses her fuzzy hairs and becomes darker in color.
In this photo, you can see worker bees tending to the brood. The closed yellow cells hold the hive’s future worker bees. The open cells are where the baby bees have already chewed their way out. The queen will lay a new egg in the open cells, and the amazing process will begin, once again.
The open cells, in the photo below, are filled with pollen. The closed cells, that look like Kix cereal, in the upper right hand corner, are capped drone brood. The drone bees are the only male bees in the colony. They make up an extremely small percentage of the hive’s total population. They have one job and one job only…to fertilize the queen bee. Because of this, the ladies tolerate the drone’s presence. Once mating season comes to a close, the drone bees are tossed out the front door, by the worker bees! Life is tough for a drone.
It was another exciting hive inspection day. Queen Thelma and Louise both said hello today, too. It was nice to see them and their freshly laid eggs. Until next week!
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Jut Be You….