The fight for the throne
A colony can breed up to 30 ' princesses ', called ' VirginQueens '. When the bees perceive that the regent is nolonger able to play its role, they must ensure the survival ofthe colony. They then build the royal cells to give birth to anew queen. When the "Virgin Queens" hatch, each onecompetes for their own reign until a single is left alive.Sometimes it happens that a virgin, born before the others,kills the "sisters" while they are still in their cell. If morevirgins come to light at the same time, all less a drop off thehive followed by a group of "Loyalists" (swarling). Thishappens because in the hive can remain only one queen.
Follow us and discover all the secrets of the Queen, the mostimportant bee of the hive.
How is a queen born?
The Queen is the largest bee, the longest-lived is the onlyfruitful, capable of generating a new colony, or "family".These differences are the result of a special diet. After theegg deposition, the Operarie wean the royal larvae for about15 days with royal jelly, which will be the only food of theQueen for a lifetime. After this period the Queen can get outof her cell, also special: it is not placed horizontally, butvertically and has the features of a peanut.