Sunday, June 5, 2011

Winter Garden Bee Removal - Queen Cell!

As we are entomologists, (Insect Scientists) & avid Beekeepers, we really dig bees AND we really did teaching folks about bees!  We were doing a City of Winter Garden Bee Removal last week and found several "Queen Cells" as pictured below:
Winter Garden Bee Removal - Queen Cell!

Queen cells are special pupal cells designed by bees just for raising queens. Queens are raised to replace a queen that either flies away with a reproductive swarm, is injured or is not producing eggs well enough for the colony's liking. The colony will produce several of these peanut-shaped cells, and orient them in a vertical position. Upon emergence, the first queen will seek out the others and if her sisters have not emerged, will sting them to death! If there are multiple emergent queens, they will seek each other out by 'piping', and fight for dominance of the colony.  No love lost in the bee world!

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist
The Buzzkillers, LLC

1 comment:

  1. Informing information, my grandfather use to rise bees, I knew little about the actual process. This article was very detailed about few stuff, but in general was very interesting to read it.

    moving company