There’s only one queen per hive, and whenever she moves, her attendants move with her. When it’s time for a new queen, the workers choose a larvae that is just a few days old. They feed that larvae extra royal jelly which allows her reproductive organs to develop. That makes her larger than worker bees.
Queen honey bees don’t wear crowns, so how can you tell which one she is? Here are a few ways to spot the queen in a colony.
- Look for a long, pointed abdomen
- Look for a bee with a shiny black spot
- Look for the largest bee
DID YOU FIND THE QUEEN?