Essay on Bees, Bees : Bees

1419 Words Jul 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Bees, bees, bees
About Bees
Honeybees live in highly complex colonies of as many as 100,000 bees; most of these bees are worker or unfertile females who do most of the work in the beehive. The work includes gathering nectar, water and pollen and feeding and cleaning the queen. The workers also cool or heat the beehive when needed fee d the developing larvae and use beeswax to fortify hive cells. When the bee hive is busy during a typical peak season, the worker bee will live for only six week before dying from exhaustion. The handful of male bees found in the beehive is the drone. Some of the characteristics of the male drone include big wings and large eyes. The drone does not perform any work, instead they fly around to seek mating opportunities and to feed on the honey. The rare mating opportunity occurs only when a week-old queen fly up in the air on a mating flight.

The sperm from the strongest males can live inside the queen for years. Once they have mated, they fall to their blissful death. The suitors that are unsuccessful are usually forced out of the beehive by the workers; this practice is especially common during autumn. The queen is normally a sole female with fully developed reproductive organs and sits pretty at the heart of the hive. Her only work is to lay eggs, since she does not make any decisions concerning the running or future of the hive. The queen can lay up to 1,500 eggs at the peak of her fertility in a single day; this is in most estimates more…

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