A honey bee hive contains mostly female worker bees, a few male drones, and a single queen. The role of the queen bee is reproduction. She can lay as many as 1,500 eggs per day in the spring when the size of the hive population rapidly increases. The queen’s every need is provided for by designated worker bees, which provide her with food and even dispose of her waste. Honey bees have thrived on this planet for over 10 million years, but are now threatened by colony collapse disorder, the disappearance of the majority of worker bees in a colony. Scientists think it might be caused by a combination of a parasitic mite that sucks the bees’ blood, pesticides use, disease, and habitat loss.
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This queen bee was from a research colony at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she was photographed alive using the "white box" technique.
Alex Wild, PhD, Alex Wild Photography