What are worker bees?
- There are several thousand worker bees in the colony. The strength of the colony depends on their number. The number changes during the year - the smallest is at the end of the winter and then increases rapidly.
- These are females that do not mate and do not lay eggs
- They live for about 6 weeks, except those that overwinter. The queen does not lay eggs during the winter, so the bees that hatch in the fall
- Worker bees are smaller than queens and drones.
- They have a long tongue that can easily reach the nectar from the bottom of the flower.
- Legs are adapted for collecting pollen.
- They have wax and royal jelly glands.
does worker bees do?
Workers bees do all the work inside and outside the hive:
- They feed the brood and keep it warm,
- produce royal jelly for feeding larvae up to 3 days old and queen,
- serve the queen,
- produce wax and build honeycombs,
- seal holes and cracks with propolis,
- collect pollen and nectar,
- make honey,
- bring water,
- guard and clean the hive...
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