Featured Photography on RB Explore..26 November 2012
Location: She is busy gathering pollen. Taken at FortWhyte Alive, our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Honeybee Queen
An amazing egg laying machine
The Queen is the ultimate egg laying machine and is solely responsible for the 80,000 to 200,000 or so workers and few hundred drones found in a typical established colony. Her life begins much as that of any worker, but it drastically changes when the workers bees decide they need another queen in the hive. There are several reasons a queen could be required during the active season, swarming and replacing the existing queen are two typical reasons.
Just remember that the queen begins her life as another “worker egg” laid by the hives existing queen. With in a few days, for what ever reason, the egg or in some cases the larva of this worker is taken to a special cell called a queen cell and it is there she will develop into a new queen with the help of the workers.….Info from Beemaster.comNOTE: Our center has an active beehive located indoors where the bees can come and go as they please through a special tunnel, which has been extended to the outdoors, so they can collect nectar.
Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm Macro Lens, Aperture exp 5.0, Shutter speed 1/800, ISO 200