The Early Life of the Queen Bee

Honey bees produce queens by feeding a diet of royal jelly that differs from the bee bread fed to workers. A queen bee develops from an egg to an adult in about 16 days. The development of honey bee queens was captured in photographs by Wang and colleagues.*


Development of a queen honey bee from egg to adult
Numbers indicate day since egg lay

*Ying Wang, Lan-Ting Ma, Bao-Hua Xu. Diversity in life history of queen and worker honey bees, Apis mellifera. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, Volume 18, Issue 2, June 2015, Pages 145-149,

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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