Honeybees are around us due to their capacity to produce honey. Honeybees are of great economic value due to their secretion. People have been keeping honeybee to get the honey from time immemorial. A honeybee cannot be domesticated, as it is impossible to alter the normal behavior. People have made the life of honeybee that mimics the natural environment so as to facilitate extraction of honey.
Due to lush in the goodness of honey from honey bee’s people have been keeping bees from 15,000 years ago. This is before the agricultural revolution started that is 10, 000 years ago.
Facts about Honeybee
1. Production of Queen
Queen is produced by the feeding of the royal jelly to the larva by workers. The development of queen takes 16 days. The selected feeding of the larva by workers develops into the queen bee.
2. Mating of Queen
Mating of queen happens once in a life with 12 to 15 drones. The drone, which is the male bees, dies immediately after mating.
The unfertilized egg produces the Drones. It takes 24 days for the drones to develop. They do not work in the hive and often refers to the male bee. The sole purpose of the Drones is for mating with the queen bee.
Workers are producing from the fertilized egg. The workers do the all the vital activities in the hive according to the command of the queen. The development of worker takes 21 days. The numbers of workers in honeybees are more than sixty thousand in one hive. Workers can also be referred to as a sexually immature female.
There is various type of dance in the honeybee colony. Each type of dance indicates the average distance of the food. Some common types of dance are the waggle dance and Round dance.
The honey stomach produces this. When the honey stomach is filled with the nectar the workers return to the hive. The intensive chewing of the nectars for half an hour produce the honey and store in the honeycomb.
7. Uses of Honeybee
Honeybee helps in pollination of the plant. Pollination is the process of transfer from the anther to the stigma of the flower. This process happens automatically when the bee moves from flowers to flowers.
The bees die when sting because of the loss of the valuable organ. This is due to the loss of the part of the abdomen, digestive tract, muscle, and nerve. Honeybees are the only known species that dies after biting.
Pheromones are the chemical secretion that carries the specific signals. The release of specific pheromones triggers specific command. Pheromones are the vital mode of communication in the insect.
10. Life Span of Honeybees
The lifespan of honeybee differs greatly with the species and the climatic conditions. The average normal lifespan ranges from one to six months.