How does a Bee become a Queen Bee? And who do they mate with, a normal Bee or is there a King Bee?
I've heard the Queen Bee lives a lot longer than a Worker Bee.
Queen bees are born that way due to special care and feeding while they are developing larvae. They are larger than the worker bees and are able to control the hive via pheromone signals. When they first take flight, they mate with Drone bees (the only males in the whole hive), whose sole purpose is to fertilize Queens (they die after that).
After that one mating flight, the Queen then spends the rest of her life laying eggs and never needs to mate again. If she becomes sick or dies, the hive will feed some larvae so that they develop into new Queens and one will hatch and take the old Queen's place.
A queen bee is chosen. They workers start to feed the otherwise worker bee Royal Jelly. This special food transforms the otherwise normal larva into a reproductive.
Upon hatching she then runs around in search for other unhatched queen bees and kills them.
They mate with males known as drones. These poor lazy guys have only one purpose. Fertilize a Queen, They do not gather food or anything. They also will not survive a winter as they are driven from the hive to preserve food for the workers and queen.
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