Honey bee’s life cycle
The life of a honey bee colony is perennial. There are three castes of honey bees: queens,which produce eggs; drones or males which mate with new queens; and workers.
They are non-reproducing females. The queen lays eggs singly in cells of the comb. Larvae hatch from eggs in three to four days. They are then fed by worker bees and develop through several stages in the cells. Cells are capped by worker bees when the larva pupates. A colony may typically consist of tens of thousands of individuals. Development from egg to emerging bee varies among queens, workers and drones. The average lifespan of a queen is three to four years. Drones usually die upon mating.