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2014/05/27

Bee stats

Did a quick eyeball check of the hives yesterday, the Italians are coming and going as normal, but it looks like the Carnalians are starting to circle, it has been almost 43 days from when the hives were packaged so the new young bees will be starting to forage soon.

It takes 43 days for a worker to be laid as an egg to becoming a forager.

Here is the life cycle and job cycle of honeybees:


Stage                Worker  Queen  Drone
Hatching                3      3      3
Cell capped             8      8     10
Becomes a pupa          11    10     14
Becomes an Adult        20    15     12.5
Emerges from cell       21    16     24


Jobs                    Age
clean cells             1-2 days
feed older larvae       3-5 days
feed youngest larvae    6-11 days
produce wax/build       12-17 days
guard duty              18-21 days
forager                 22 days +

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