Between the edge of the hive and the first frame, these bees are checking out what we’re doing. They are very curious about what is happening in the hive.
These bees are on a frame that is half drawn with comb and seem to be stabilizing the bees that are working on building the wax comb above.
“According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).”
Reasons for Multiple Eggs in a Single Cell:
1. New Queen: A newly mated queen may lay more than one egg in each cell.
2. Laying Worker: A hive without a Queen, or without a Strong Queen, may develop laying workers. Typically, there are pheromones that are released by the Queen and brood that will suppress the worker’s ovaries from developing. In the absence of a strong queen, workers will gain the ability to lay drone producing eggs and will likely lay multiple eggs in one cell and produce drones in worker cells.
During the 7-9 days after a Queen Cell is capped, the queen changes from a larvae into and adult, it goes through a stage called Pupa. It is during the time of pupation that the adult structures of the insect are formed while the larval structures are broken down. This queen’s cell was broken open too early and therefore, she is undeveloped.