Bee Your Best Self
Do you know what makes a queen bee royalty?
When looking for the reigning queen in our honeybee colonies we are focused on spotting the longest abdomen, the baldest thorax, and we look for other bees attending to their queen.
Once spotted we sigh a breathe of relief, trusting the colony is well.
The queen obviously looks different than the much smaller, hairier worker bees and yet...
Genetically they are one hundred percent the same. Their female chromosomes are exactly the same. Check this out...
The only thing that makes a queen superior is what she eatascinating talk on bee biology by established expert Jamie Ellis who has studied bee colonies in North America and South Africa. Video: National Honey Show
It's the quality food that builds the queen up to her large egg bearing size. She will bear hundreds of thousands of eggs over a lifespan of two years.
Once the colony decides to raise a new queen, the chosen larva is fed only the highest quality, most nutrient dense bee food called Royal Jelly. This disparity in diet causes the new queen to develop completely differently from her young cell mates.
Sister worker bees, on the other hand, only live a few months, and during the intense summer bloom, even less.
They share what they forage to eat among the colony, feeding themselves and then the young larva who are raised as the next generation of workers.
A meaningful but short lived life.
Honeybees demonstrate that the quality and longevity of life can be determined by the food we eat.
Let us seek out the highest quality, freshest available food in our area. Avoid refined sugars by finding a local beekeeper who sells honey in it's true raw form, not heat pasteurized and not overly filtered. Treat yourself like royalty and be mindful of the quality of food you put in your body.