Drones Mate with virgin queen. Die after mating ~ 17 Drones may mate with Queen during her mating flight. Get “kicked out” of hive in winter.
Queen Mature female that received abundant amounts of royal jelly while as larva Can live 2 – 4 years Can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day during spring build up.
Metamorphosis of Queen Bee –Egg hatches on Day 3 –Larva (several moltings)Day 3 to Day 8½ –Queen cell capped~ Day 7½ –Pupa~ Day 8 until emergence –Emergence~Day 15½ - Day 17 –Nuptial Flight(s)~Day 20 – 24 –Egg Laying~Day 23 and up
Swarming Eventually, the worker bees decide that the queen has become too old or damaged Or that the hive is physically too small So… They decide to make a new queen(s)