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The first 11 days of a worker bee’s life: egg and larva

A queen bee indulges in many strange behaviors, not the least of which is choosing the sex of her offspring. Of course, this surreal proclivity is shared through­out the Hymenoptera, a fact that doesn’t make it any less mysterious. But even more perplexing than the deciding is the implementing. How does the queen fulfill her […] Read more

Do your bees have this strange condition?

Beekeepers sometimes report unusual behaviors in their bees, everything from fore-and-aft convulsions to unmitigated quaking anger. I’ve collected three of these observations below, each from a new beekeeper: “Today a bee on the landing board was trying to vomit. Her whole body was wracked with convulsions that moved in waves. When I opened the hive, […] Read more