Information

As a start here are some basic facts on the Developmental Period of the Bee Egg.

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Egg development periods:

Queen 16 days,
Worker 21 days
Drone 24 days
Queen Fertility 23+ days
Drone Fertility 38+ days

A Worker Bee:

In summer lives only 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee.

In late autumn the queen lays eggs that develop into workers that live for 4/6 months to survive the winter.

Typical Colony:

50/70,000 bees in mid summer
There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers,
30,000 female house-bees,
5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed,
16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.
24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.