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A brief presentation on the three honeybee castes.

A brief presentation on the three honeybee castes.

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The Honeybee The Honeybee Presentation Transcript

  • Honeybee Castes
    by Mary McIvor
  • The Queen Bee
    Only one per hive.
    Sole purpose is reproductive. No other member of the hive is fertile.
    Mother of all the bees in the hive.
    Mates with drones.
    Lays both unfertilized (drone) and fertilized (worker and queen) eggs.
  • The Queen Bee
    Genetic traits that can be passed on to offspring:
    Color
    Swarming tendency
    Nectar-carrying capacity
    Disease resistance
    Temperament
    Cleanliness
    Handling ease
    Whiteness of wax
  • Drones
    Sole purpose is to mate with a queen, a sometimes fatal act.
    Up to 20% of bees in spring/summer.
    Do not contribute to the activities of the hive.
    No stinger.
    Evicted in the fall when breeding ceases.
  • Worker Bees
    These bees do all the activities of the hive:
    Building comb.
    Raising brood (eggs and larvae).
    Foraging for nectar, pollen, and propolis.
    Hive defense and maintenance.
    Feeding and groomingthe queen.
  • Development of a Honeybee
  • She is What She Eats
    Diet determines development into a queen or a worker bee.
    After hatching from the egg, all larvae are fed royal jelly (high protein diet) for 3 days.
    On the fourth day, larvae destined to be workers are switched to worker jelly (more carbs than royal jelly).
    A queen larva is fed exclusively royal jelly so she develops ovaries (needed to lay eggs).
  • Baby Worker Bees
  • I bees