Honey Bees in the Garden: Royal Jelly a.k.a. Bee Milk: Nice shot of queen bees in the royal jelly

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Honey Bees in the Garden: Royal Jelly a.k.a. Bee Milk

By Mindy03
November 11, 2011

Royal jelly is another product of the honey bees. It is the stuff that makes a worker bee turn into a queen. You may have heard of the various medical claims made about royal jelly. Is it really a miracle substance or just hype? Let’s take a closer look at royal jelly.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 11, 2011 4:30 AM CST
Is that how they develop?
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Mindy03
Nov 11, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Yes, royal jelly is what triggers the full development of the queen. Workers develop up to a certain point during the first 3 or 4 days then are switched to just pollen and honey for their main diet. Queens are fed royal jelly their entire life.
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SongofJoy
Nov 11, 2011 9:42 AM CST
Is it a random selection as to which ones become queens?
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Mindy03
Nov 11, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Not quite. They only make queens when they are in need of a new one due to the old one getting old or something happens to her. Or when they are ready to swarm they will make a new queen.
They make cells which look like peanut hulls in shape when they are making queens due to swarming. If they have an emergency situation such as the queen dies or is getting too old they will select from worker cells that are less than three or four days old and make those cells bigger to accommodate the queens larger body and just continue to feed those larvae royal jelly. If possible they will select worker cells that are along the bottom of the frames.
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SongofJoy
Nov 11, 2011 12:09 PM CST
Bees are most interesting little creatures indeed. Big Grin
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Mindy03
Nov 11, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Indeed they are. Lovey dubby
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2011 12:28 PM CST
Tee, I think we would have to ask the bees that. Hilarious! I don't think there is any conclusive research as to which particular egg, if any, gets to become a queen. Unless one says that the egg laid in a queen cell is the one chosen to become a queen.If you look closely at the photo of the queen larvae in Mindy's article you can see the larvae are not in the traditional "cells"; the queen "cells" are shaped sort of like a peanut & protrude from the normal surface of the sheet of cells. Generally these cells are only built by the workers when the present queen is getting old or when it is swarming time. The swarm will need a queen when it leaves the colony. At that time (swarming time) the queen will lay eggs in the "peanut cup". The eggs are mol all the same but it is the royal jelly which makes the difference in the resulting bee --- worker, drone or queen. The queen can decide which eggs she fertilizes & drones do not get fertilized; only workers & queens do. MIndy would have to come back on & tell us because I can't remember the exact # of days for each but drones take X days to maturity (from egg to bee) then workers take longer by X days & finally queens take the longest. I want to say queens are 22 days & workers are 18 but I'm not sure.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2011 12:29 PM CST
OOPS I took so long typing that we all cross posted.
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Very fascinating Margaret. I did not know about the Royal Jelly. I found the entire article interesting. Another wrinkle in my brain. : )
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wildflowers
Nov 11, 2011 1:38 PM CST
Very interesting article. The honey bees really are such interesting and valuable little creatures.

Thank you.
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Mindy03
Nov 11, 2011 2:42 PM CST
You are welcome Lynn and Christine..

Do you all want me to tell you about the different castes of honey bees now or would you like to wait until I publish an article on that?

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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 3:14 PM CST
I would like to wait. That is a big topic and would be great in an article. Love the caste story. Thumbs up
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JuneBug
Nov 11, 2011 3:50 PM CST
I would like to wait for one of your articles I'm all ears! I am learning so much about this from you Thumbs up

Thanks for another good, informative piece!
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Mindy03
Nov 11, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Glad you are enjoying this article. It gave me fits writing it. Hard to write about something you can't find much information on.

OK I'll wait to tell you all about the bees in a future article.
Just so you all know there won't be one next week as I have a special one that will be published the day before Thanksgiving.
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Hurray! Can't wait for it to be published.
I enjoy these so much.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 11, 2011 4:18 PM CST
Hurray!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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