Did you know this:
The queen bee is fertilized in flight; the only time she’s out of the hive.
During this time, she will be fertilized by 10-15 drones.
In a given day, a queen can lay her weight in eggs.
The queen is fed by her workers. She is so busy laying eggs, she doesn’t have the time or energy to eat herself.
The queen is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength.
In one day, a queen will lay one egg per minute, day and night, 24 hours a day, or about 200,000 eggs a year.
A queen can live up to 2 years while her workers will only live for about 6 weeks.
There is only one queen in a hive. She is much bigger than the other bees with a prolonged abdomen.
It’s not easy being queen…once her workers notice a slowing in her egg-laying pace, they will choose a recently laid egg to become the next queen.