C’est La Bee: The Honey Bee Life Cycle, Explained.
We missed you over the holiday break (now, don’t get all misty on us) so we figured we’d start the New Year off with a quick refresher on the life of a bee. Every bee gets its start as a 1.5mm egg in the centre of a honeycomb cell. The Queen takes only a second to lay each egg but will lay upwards of 2,000 by the time she is done. The adult bees feed those larva until they are nice and chubby. Then nurse bees seal food in the cell and they stay “capped” in there until they emerge as young bees called House Bees. After two weeks as House Bees, (taking care of the nest, the Queen and making honeycomb) they graduate to Forager Bees flying up to 7km away to find flowers full of pollen and nectar. Some of the foragers will become Guard Bees. These guards are kinda like bouncers. They check the I.D.’s of all the bees coming into the hive and stop any troublemakers. In the summer the bees will work themselves to death in about 42 days. Fall and winter bees live longer since there is less work to do. Lazy Bee-atches…
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Chris is used to being busy. As a video editor and master of all things AV, he is continually tasked with creating impactful videos to help brands tell their story. He's been doing this for close to 25 years, working for companies like Telus, Mr. Sub, Harry Rosen and Hebrew University, facilitating projects from inception to final delivery. So how does someone this busy have time to do all this and raise three children, beekeeping and take boxing? We haven't a clue.