Bee Development Stages.
The time taken for an Egg to become either a Queen, Drone or Worker are all different, in Bee Development Stages we will explain those differences and what we can learn from them.
|0||Egg Laid||Egg Laid||Egg Laid|
|5||Diet Changes||Diet Changes|
|11||5th Moult (Prepupa)|
|13||5th Moult (Prepupa)|
|14||5th Moult (Prepupa)|
|41||Too Old to Mate||Foraging Begins|
Up to Day 3 all the larvae are fed on Royal Jelly which is secreted from the hypopharyngeal glands. The diets of the Worker and the Drone are then changed to brood food, which contains components derived from Pollen and a higher percentage of hypopharyngeal secretions.
Once the larvae has reached the 5th Moult it changes to a prepupa and then the metamorphosis into the adult bee starts.
The days denoted thus ** in the above table are the limits during which the queen can take her mating flight.
Differences between the Cells.
Worker and Drone Cells.
Workers, Drones and Queens all develop in different cells. Worker and Drone eggs are deposited into the hexagonal cells of the comb, the vast majority of these are Worker cells. When the larvae is due to pupate then cell is then sealed with a covering of flat or slightly domed wax.
The Drones, being larger require bigger cells to develop in, these cells are often found around the edges of the comb. When these are capped with wax it will have a domed cap to allow for the size diffence, this is easily seen when compared to a Worker Cell.
Queen Cells are completely different and hang down from the face of the comb, looking a little like an Acorn. In the springtime workers begin to build queen cell cups, this is perfectly normal and does not show that a colony is getting ready to swarm. If the sides of the cup begin to be elongated and the queen lays an egg in the cell it will then be sealed to allow the larvae to pupate. Eventually the adult queen will chew the end of the cell and emerge into the Colony.
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