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Time From The Egg To The Perfect Bee

Categories: BREEDING.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

In about six days it is sealed over with a convex waxen lid. It is now

hidden from our sight for about twelve days, when it bites off the

cover, and comes forth a perfect bee. The period from the egg to the

perfect bee varies from twenty to twenty-four days; average about

twenty-two for workers, twenty-four for drones. The temperature of the

hive will vary some with the atmosphere; it is also governed by the

number of bees. A low temperature probably retards the development,

while a high one facilitates it. You may have seen accounts of the

assiduous attentions given to the young bee when it first emerges from

the cell: 'tis said they "lick it all over, feed it with honey," &c.,

desperately pleased with their new acquisition.