Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Cool Facts about the Queen Bee

While we may know what the queen bee looks like or what her job is, there is so much more for us to learn! Here are five fun facts about the queen!

1. She lays her weight in eggs every single day, about 1,000 to 3,000 eggs.

2. She is the longest bee in the hive. She is about 0.75 to 1 inch, or about twice the length of a regular worker bee!

3. The queen bee lives the longest. While worker bees only live 5-6 weeks, the queen lives anywhere from 3 to 6 years.

4. A queen bee is not chosen, she is made. When a hive needs a new queen, they will feed a worker larva a substance called “royal jelly”. This rich substance allows the larva to turn into a queen bee who can lay eggs!

5. The queen can control the hive’s mood with her pheromone scent.

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