Last we spoke, we examined the subject of royal jelly and how queen bees are created by feeding a larvae this protein-rich jelly through the length of larvae gestation. But what happens when the queen bee finally emerges? This part gets a PG-13 rating for violence. When a queen bee emerges she uses her sharp mandibles to cut through her cell. Almost immediately she will seek out the other queen cells, chew a hole in the side of them, and using her stinger, sting her sisters to death. (And you thought Serena and Venus didn’t get along.) After she has dispensed with the other budding queens, she will quickly walk over the combs leaving her pheromones all over the hive. Once 12 hours or so passes, the worker bees accept that she has deemed this her hive and crown her as their queen. And why wouldn’t they? They don’t want her to go all Lizzie Borden on their bee-hinds.
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Aurel hails from the French Alps. Home to Alpine skiing, snow-capped-mountains and the dream of writing code. After a year of working at Ubisoft in France, he made his way across the pond to Toronto, eventually answering our call for a full-stack web developer. We knew we found someone special in this enthusiastic Frenchman who is as passionate about designing innovative web architectures, as he is about video gaming, Asian cuisine, and rock climbing. Whatever they're drinking in the glacial waters of the French Alps, we say keep drinking it.