In part one of this three-part series we touched on worker bees feeding larvae until they develop into the pupa stage. Please…contain your excitement. But there is an interesting tidbit when it comes to larvae diet because it determines what the bee will eventually become.
All female eggs can become a queen bee if they are fed royal jelly for the full five days of the larvae stage. Larvae that are only fed royal jelly for the first three days and then pollen and nectar for the remaining time, become either worker bees or drones. Royal Jelly is rich in protein and are produced in the glands of worker bees. The decision to give one egg more of the good stuff than another is all part of hive management.
Think of the hive like any board of directors. Without the private jet. Duh… (Part three is coming up. You won’t believe what happens when two queen bees hatch…drama!)