- Honey bee colonies can survive through winter.
- Forming a winter cluster which helps them to keep warm and survive the cold temperatures.
- No eggs are laid over this period.
- When the warm temperatures emerge, the queen will start to reproduce eggs.
- The Queen continues to reproduce eggs. Approximately 1000 eggs per day – roughly one egg every 20 seconds.
- Over the summer season the nest expands, inclusive of the honey bee population.
- Workers support the growth of the nest and raise the reproductive queens offspring.
- Towards the season of autumn, the nest produces numerous males and females which then reproduce.
- Life spans vary vastly, depending on requirements within the colony.
- Worker honey bees life span is anywhere between a six to seven weeks.
- Drone honey bees life span is anything between a few weeks to up to four to six months.
- A queen honey bees life span is far greater, lasting anywhere from two to three or four years.
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