After successfully mating, the drone's sperm cells are stored in a tightly packed ball inside the queen. The sperm are kept stored in a dormant state until the following spring. At a certain time of year (often around autumn time) the bulk of the wasp colony dies away, leaving only the young mated queens alive
Overall, the most important reason male bees can't sting is because the stinger and venom glands became fixed in the early body plan of female wasps and just never evolved in the male
The typical story of reproduction is that males and females of an animal species do it sexually. Generally, that's what honeybees do, too. Sperm from a male drone fertilizes a queen's eggs, and she sends out a chemical signal, or pheromone, that renders worker bees, which are all female, sterile when they detect it
The life cycle of all insects, including honey bees, begins with eggs. During the winter season, a queen forms a new colony by laying eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs will hatch into female worker bees, while unfertilized eggs will become drones or honey bee males.
A queen mates during the first 1-2 weeks of her adult life. She can take multiple mating flights and mated with several males – on average 12-15
If a Queen Bee Dies, the Hive Quickly Replaces Her. ... The queen bee releases chemical signals that stop other female worker bees' ovaries from functioning. But shortly after she dies, these chemical signals wear off, which means worker bees can lay eggs, and the highly efficient, tightly controlled system breaks down.
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