I was excited that I could actually see eggs for the first time today, they are so tiny it takes some time to train your eyes to spot them. You can't see the eggs in these pictures, but you CAN see all the different stages of larvae developing, which is super cool.
Stages of Bee Development:
The Queen can lay about 1500 eggs a day! one egg per cell. In most of the cells, she lays a fertilized egg that will develop into a worker bee. In cells that are slightly larger than the worker cells, she lays unfertilized eggs that will grow into drones.
The egg stage of development lasts only three days.
After three days, the egg hatches into a larva, the c-shaped white glistening grub like worm. The worker bees feed the larva royal jelly (the cloudy stuff surrounding the larva) for the first few days and then switch to honey and pollen. A larva eats almost constantly and grows quickly. Within just five days, it grows 500 times larger than its original size. At this point, worker bees cap the cell with wax and the larva spins a cocoon around itself.
The larval stage lasts about six days. It's shorter for the queen, longer for the worker bees and longest for the drones.
In the pupa stage, the tiny organism hidden under the capping is starting to look like an adult bee. Its legs, eyes and wings develop and, finally, the little hairs that cover its body grow.
After seven to fourteen days in this stage, depending on the type of bee, the now adult bee chews its way out of the cell.
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