Honey Bee Life Cycle

1. The queen lays each egg in a different cell of the honeycomb.

queen bees lay eggs

2. As soon as the egg is laid, the larva is growing inside it.

Bee larva grows

3. After three days, the egg hatches and a larva crawls out.

Bee egg hatches

4. As the larva grows, it sheds its skin. It does this five times.

Larva sheds skin

5. Eight days after hatching, the bee larva is fully grown.

Fully grown larva

6. The larva cannot feed anymore and it starts to change into a pupa.

Larva changes into pupa

7. After nine days, the pupa changes colour. It has turned into an adult.

Adult pupa

8. When it's about three to four weeks old, the bee will leave the hive.

Bee leaves hive

Body Parts of the Honey Bee

Learn the different parts of the honey bee body in "Honey Bee - Parts of Its Body".

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