Native Bee Life Cycle

The Australian native bee goes through many stages within its life cycle.

Bees start its chapter in the world as a very small egg laid by the queen within a single cell. This cell is pre provisioned with a mix on honey, pollen and glandular secretions to feast on. Within approximately 6 days the egg turns in a larvae and within another 14 days has consumed all the food stores in the cell. At this point the larvae spins a cocoon to start the process pupa. Approximately 50 days later a bee emerges from cell ready to start it duties within the hive.

Now that the pupa has emerged from the cell it starts its duties as a house bee (Working inside the hive). These duties include building brood comb, provision brood, handle food and finally guard the entrance. As the bees age they slowly take on more jobs and riskier jobs.

Finally as the bee comes to the end of its life it becomes a field bee (Working outside the hive) it will emerge from the hive to remove waste then finally forage. Bringing back nectar and pollen to the hive.


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