Honeybee Life Span
what is the life span of honeybee
Honey bees pass through four distinct life stages: the egg, larva, pupa and adult.
The process is called complete metamorphosis, which means that the form of the bee
changes drastically from the larva to the adult. Passing through the immature
stages takes 21 days for worker bees. On the first day, the queen bee lays a single
egg in each cell of the comb. The egg generally hatches into a larva on the fourth
day. The larva is a legless grub that resembles a tiny white sausage. The larva is
fed a mixture of pollen and nectar called beebread. On the ninth day the cell is
capped with wax and the larva transforms into the pupa. The pupa is a physical
transition stage between the amorphous larva and the hairy, winged adult. The pupa
doesn't eat. On day 21, the new adult worker bee emerges.
The queen can live from 2-5 years. The drone lives 40-50 days. Drones are male
bees. Most of the bees are workers.They are females. They work hard making honey
and stinging for defense! They live from 1-4 months. The lifecycle of the worker
bee: Egg (3 days), Larva (6 days), Pupa (12 days). This is a total of 21 days from
egg (baby) to adult worker.
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Update: June 2012