Colony must have 4,000 bees before it makes drone cells, researchers say


Colonies of honeybees must grow to have 4,000 bees before they begin to produce drone cells, according to research recently published by a team of scientists at Cornell University. Making drone cells is the first step in the long-term reproductive cycle of honeybees. But small hives have other survival concerns before they can get toContinue reading “Colony must have 4,000 bees before it makes drone cells, researchers say”

Howard Kerr on bees: They are what they eat


You are what you eat; so are the bees. An egg gets hormone-rich royal jelly for about three days, but then the nurse bees most of the time stop feeding that. If a bee continues to get royal jelly, she could develop into a queen.