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Life stages of bees

life stages of bees

Typical of the most advanced insects, bees exhibit complete development or complete metamorphosis. This means that the young and the adults look very different and the diet of the young and the adults typically differ, preventing the parents from competing with their offspring for resources. The life stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult. Development from egg to new worker typically takes two to three weeks.

Egg Stage of Bees Life
The eggs are described as having an appearance similar to sausage-shaped poppy seeds. Each egg has a small opening at the broad end of the egg, the micropyle, that allows for passage of sperm. Hatching takes place three days after egg laying.

Larva Stage of Bees Life

The larva stage lasts eight to nine days. Upon hatching, the larva is almost microscopic, resembling a small, white, curved, segmented worm lacking legs and eyes. For the first two days, all larvae are fed a diet of royal jelly. Beginning the third day, worker larvae are fed honey, pollen and water, while the larvae destined to become queens continue to receive royal jelly throughout their larval lives. Regardless of whether the larva is male or female, it molts five times during its larval stage.

Pupa Stage of Bees Life

The pupal stage is a stage of massive reorganization of tissues. Organs undergo a complete reorganization, while body changes from the wormlike larval body shape to the adult body shape with three distinct body regions. Pupation periods vary: queens require up to 7.5 days, drones require14.5 days, while workers require 12 days.

Adult Stage of Bees Life

Adult bees are either workers (sterile females), queens (fertile females), or drones (fertile males). A typical honeybee colony consists of 50,000-60,000 sterile workers, 500 to 1000 drones (fertile males) and one queen, the only fertile female in the colony and mother of the entire population of the hive.

10 Ways to protect our bees

If a colony found itself with a food shortage, all the food would be shared amongst all the members, up until the end. A beautiful example of solidarity.

Simply Bee Honey Bees entering the hive
  1. Stop using insecticides. Simple really - just do it.
  2. Avoid seeds coated with insecticides. You may not know it but many seeds are now coated with Clothianidin.
  3. Read labels on garden compost. Beware hidden killers. Some garden composts contain Imidacloprid – a deadly insecticide disguised as ‘vine weevil protection’.
  4. Plant Bee-friendly plants. Buy wildflower seeds from seed merchants, and sow sown in any spare patch of ground.
  5. Create natural habitat gardens. Let some space in your garden go wild. It’s a safe haven for bees and other insects.
  6. Become a beekeeper. Beekeeping is a most enjoyable, fascinating and interesting hobby and you get to eat your own honey! If this is too much consider offering space in your garden to local beekeepers. You can become a bee keeper, of sorts, by raising Mason Bees or simply have suitable homes in your yard.
  7. Buy local honey. Support your local beekeepers.
  8. Make your own ‘Wild bee’ house. Providing a simple box as a place for bees to set up home is very helpful to the bees without requiring you to look after them. Ideas for such boxes can be found online.
  9. Get Active! Sign petitions.
  10. Spread the word!

12 Reasons why Honey is good for you

Honey Bees in the Hive
  1. Honey is a great source of simple sugars, minerals and vitamins.

  2. Honey provides fuel to the brain and energy as well as aiding digestion.

  3. Honey acts as a sedative, relieving insomnia.

  4. Despite being sweet, honey blocks the growth of oral bacteria and tooth decay.

  5. Honey aids in the killing of “bad” stomach bacteria.

  6. Honey treats burns, infected wounds, ulcers and most allergies.

  7. Honey aids in the cure persistent coughs, sore throats and blocked noses.

  8. Honey helps to fight diseases of the nervous system.

  9. Honey aids in preventing Osteoporosis.

  10. Honey helps in the protection against cancer.

  11. Honey promotes fertility.

  12. Honey aids in regulating blood pressure and slows oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol, therefore assisting in protecting you against heart disease.

Countdown to Simply Bee in the UK

Simply Bee South Africa HQ

We are is happy to confirm that our first product order is on the high seas making its way to the UK. There's been a lot to prepare in anticipation and we hope to be ready with all our systems by mid September. We cannot wait to introduce our wonderful Simply Bee natural, handmade skin care products to the United Kingdom.

How we harvest propolis for our Simply Bee products.

Simply Bee harvests its propolis whilst servicing the hives ensuring no bees are harmed or stressed in any way. During the winter months Simply Bees make propolis to protect and disinfect the hive against any potential virus. They produce additional propolis to “plug” ventilation holes in the hive and to close the entrance a little for added protection from winter winds and rain. They will also produce and pack propolis between the honey frames. At harvest time we remove the propolis between the honey frames, open the entrance to the hive and remove the propolis from the plugged ventilation holes...  - Read More

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