"If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee
Finding your Queen can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
There is only one Queen per hive, which can contain around 50,000 bees (give or take). Her sole purpose is to reproduce, laying up to 2000 eggs per day. She does not control the hive, but is constantly attended to by the worker bees. The queen can live between 2-7 years, while the average bee lives for about 35 days.
|Our Queen! Note the longer abdomen.|
"If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." - Abraham Lincoln