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Terms Applied To Young Bees

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Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

The young bee, when it first leaves the egg, is termed grub, maggot,

worm, or larva; from this state it changes to the shape of the perfect

bee, which is said to be three days after finishing the cocoon; from

the time of this change, till it is ready to leave the cell, the terms

nymph, pupa, and chrysalis, are applied. The lid of the drone's cell is

rather more convex than that of the worker's, and when removed by the

young bee to work its way out, is left nearly perfect; being cut off

around the edges, a good coat or lining of silk keeps it whole; while

the covering of the worker's cell is mostly wax, and is pretty well cut

to pieces by the time the bee gets out. The covering to the queen's

cell is like the drone's, but larger in diameter, and thicker, being

lined with a little more silk.