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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:03 am

As everyone knows, Honey Bees live in colonies composed of one Queen, a few Drones male bees whose only function is to fertilize the Queen..

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:05 am

Workers,are mostly sterile females and which do basically all the hard work in the colony, from finding food, to producing honey, wax

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:07 am

A special substance called Royal Jelly which is produced by a special gland in the Worker’s head which is a highly nutritious food and is fed to the Queen and to all developing larvae in the colony.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:08 am

However, when the Queen starts growing old and its reproductive power diminishes, the Workers select a few larvae, take them to special cells away from the others and start feeding them with huge amounts of Royal Jelly.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:10 am

This causes them to develop into fertile Queen Bees. Once they reach a certain age, the future Queen Bees pupate. They build themselves a cocoon and undergo a metamorphosis into an adult bee.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:12 am

However, there can only be one Queen in the colony, so the first Queen Bee to be born immediately finds the other Queens and stings them to death before they emerge.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:13 am

If two or more Queens emerge at the same time, there will be a vicious battle between them until one has killed all others.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:15 am

When this happens, the Worker bees will kill the old, original Queen and the new, young one will take its place. This is the life cycle of bees..

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:17 am

Life is not so sweet for a bee after all, is it???? All bees in a colony are born from the same Queen and therefore siblings, still get involved in fights..

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