Ol' Buffalo Beekeeping Page

Copyright 2002, 2017 by Blaine S Nay, Cedar City, Utah, USA
Serving the online community since 1992.

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you're reading this in English, thank a veteran.

Type "Ctrl-D" to add this page to your bookmarks.

Buffalo Nickle

Ol' Buffalo

Website Menu

Ol' Buffalo Blog

Nay/McNee Email Log-In

Subscribe to Nay/McNee Message Group

Subscribe to Daily Thought-Provoking Quotes Via Email

Follow me on Twitter

Archery

Automotive

Aviation

Beekeeping

Black Powder

Camping

Computers

Do It Yourself

Education

Family

Finance

Gardening

Genealogy

Gun Control

Ham Radio

Health

Hobbies

Homebuilding

Humor

Issues and Politics

Job Search

Marriage

Mental Health

Muzzleloading

Nutrition

Outdoor Cooking

Personal Finance

Preparedness

Psychology

Quotes

Rants

Reference Desk

Religion

Reloading

Scouting

Shooting

Time Hack

XXX

 

Privacy Notice

Porn Warning

Virus Warning

 

Contact Webmaster



The Life of the Honey Bee

Queen Bee Queen Cell Queen Cell
Hives usually have one queen bee who is the mother of all bees in the hive. She is the only fertile female in the hive. The queen cell is substantially larger than worker or drone cells. It resembles a peanut in size and appearance The queen cell is stocked with extra royal jelly, a rich food secreted by the worker bees. This boosts her growth and causes her to fully develop sexually.

Emerging Queem Worker Bee on Flower Pollen-laden Worker Bee
When mature, the new queen emerges from her cell. She'll hunt and attempt to kill any competitor queens and mate with one or more drones (inflight). The worker bee is also a female. Although capable of laying eggs, she does not normally do so. If she lays eggs, they will produce only drones. Bees can be yellow, black or gray depending on variety. This worker bee is returning from the field with a load of pollen on each hind leg.

Worker bees Drones Swarm
The workers care for the young, forage for food and water, build combs, and clean, heat/cool and defend the hive. The male honey bee is called a drone. He is the product of an unfertilized egg and therefore has only one set of chromosomes. When a hive becomes crowded, it raises a new queen, then half the bees leave with the old queen just before the new queen emerges from her cell.

Swarm Queen laying egg Eggs in cells
A mass of bees seeking a new home is called a swarm. They'll often assemble on a branch while scouts look for a permanent home. After the workers construct a comb, the queen inspects each cell. If satisfied, she backs into the cell to deposit an egg. The tiny white cylindrical objects are eggs. The queen can choose to lay fertilized (female) or unfertilized (male) eggs.

Larvae Larvae Larvae
When the egg is fully developed, the grub-like larva emerges. The larva continues to grow, never leaving the cell until mature. The shiny material is the royal jelly fed to the larvae.

Larvae Larvae Larvae
Larvae at varying stages of development. Larvae continuing to grow. Larvae nearing the end of the larval stage.

Larvae and pupae Larvae and pupae Pupae
Adult worker bees cap the cells to begin the pupa stage of development. Larvae and pupae in adjacent cells. Capped cells containing bee pupae.

Emerging worker Emerging worker Emerging worker
When the bee matures, she chews away the cell cap. Other workers inspect this newly emerging worker. New worker bee crawling out of its cell.

Emerging worker Emerging worker Emerging worker
She's almost out. Other workers in nearby cells are escaping too. Note that the new worker is hairier and lighter than her sisters. She'll darken quickly and her hairs will gradually wear away as she performs her duties.

Emerging worker Emerging workers Pupae & pollen
The role each worker plays is determined by age. The younger bees usually serve the hive by tending and feeding the larvae. Before she begins her duties, she'll got out for an orientation flight. Note the pollen storage in the top row of cells. Pollen provides the protein in the developing bee's diet.

Pollen Nectar Old comb
More pollen storage. Pollen is normally stored near the brood. This comb contains nectar. The bees will fan their wings to lower the moisture content. When satisfied with the viscosity, the workers will cover the honey with a cap of wax. This comb is much darker than the one in the previous picture. The wax is secreted by the workers and formed into cells. When new, it's a pale yellow. It darkens each time a cell is used to raise a new bee.

Return to top

Draper BeeCam

Ol' Buffalo Beekeeping Home Page


Terms for Beginning Beekeepers
Bee escape Not a jailbreak
Brood Does not mean "think deeply"
Cell Nothing to do with jail
Comb Not spelled or pronounced "cone" and does not improve hair
Draw comb Not done with pencil and paper
Excluder It is perfectly polite to do this
Foundation Not cement blocks holding up a house
Larva Term taught in high school biology but now forgotten
Pupa See larva
Queen cup Not for afternoon tea
Top bar Not topless bar
Rabbet Does not have long ears and fluffy tail
Splits Not a gymnastic term
Super Does not mean "wonderful!"
Thin surplus Not an oxymoron

Return to top

Ol' Buffalo Beekeeping Home Page




Click here to support this website with a voluntary $2 donation. Even better: Skip this donation and buy something you need from one of my advertisers. They're companies I trust for service, quality, and price.

While we thank them for their support of this website, the ol' Buffalo had no role in picking the GoogleAds herein. Their appearance is not an endorsement by the Ol' Buffalo.

visit mormon.org.

Mormon blogs

Mormon blogs

Index to LDS missionary reunion websites

Campaign for Liberty's mission is promoting and defending the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy. I am the Campaign for Liberty.

A program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Join NRA here.

I teach most NRA firearms courses

I can certify new instructors for most NRA firearms courses

Concealed Carry

Join the NRA Good Guys List!

NRA-ILA

The Firearms Coalition

Support 2nd amendment

Gun Owners of America

Second Amendment Foundation

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Second Amendment Project

Tom Gresham's Truth Squad - No lie left unchallenged!

Keep and Bear Arms

Armed Citizens Network

Civilian Marksmanship Program

Utah State Rifle and Pistol Assn

Utah Shooting Sports Council

International Practical Shooting Confederation

United States Parctical Shooting Association

Single Action Shooting Society

Appleseed Project: Become a rifleman!

American Sheepdog

Provides legal and financial assistance to selected individuals and organizations defending their right to keep and bear arms

Gun facts

Bruce Colodny, firearms lawyer

Mule Deer Foundation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

National Wild Turkey Federation

Stop poachers!

A human right

College students, parents and concerned citizens who support the right of concealed carry license holders to carry on our college campuses

Gun Rights Radio Network podcasts

Enforce the Bill of Rights!

Support 2nd Amendment

Utah Summer Games

GunBroker.com Online Gun Auction

Walther firearms

Springfield Armory

Ruger firearms

Smith & Wesson firearms

Thompson/Center firearms

Rock River Arms

Kahr Arms

Shop Brownells.com!

CheaperThanDirt.com

Champion Shooters Supply

Sportsmans Warehouse

Cabelas

Gander Mountain

When you're serious about stopping power

Bulk Ammo specializes in high volume ammunition orders online

Reloading and shooting supplies

Graf & Sons: The Reloading Authority

Shop Sinclair International

Ballistic Products

Topographic and aerial-photo maps

10th Amendment Pledge

LDS Freedom Network

Enforce the Bill of Rights!

Please review these petitions and join the list of Patriots willing to stand on the frontlines in defense of liberty

All sales proceeds at PatriotShop.US support our Mission of Service to America's Armed Services.

This day in history

Liberty Watch Radio

Liberty Watch Radio

WallBuilders

Evil Conservative Industries

Cedar Fort Books

In Association with Amazon.com

Weight-control products including dietary supplements, meal replacement bars and shakes.

Purity Products

The source for satire

Comics.com

thedilbertstore.com

Daily Cartoon provided by Bravenet

This day in history

Legal Documents Online @ Legalzoom

True North Log Homes

Plans for woodworking projects

Plans for woodworking projects

Vegetable and flower seeds, gardening supplies

Life member, ARRL

I served 12 years on active duty in the US Air Force.

I retired after serving 23 years in the US Air Force, Alaska Army National Guard.

FamilySearch

GenCircles

PDF995 document-to-PDF converter

Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!

Get this FREE ezine!

Safe Surf Rated

ICRA Rated

SubmitFree: Submit to 25+ Search Engines for free!