Sorry for the blurry photo — but: Moving insects through glass in a dark garage! In this snapshot from MashupDad’s observation hive, though, you can see how the other honeybees naturally start to circle around and attend the queen bee, and can also see how much larger she is than the others. Read on, because he also has a couple of new videos of Ms. Queen Bee to share with you (in better light!).
One queen to a hive
Amazingly enough, all of this stems from just one or two mating flights after the queen first emerges. During these mating flights, she will get herself set up to lay eggs for the next 4-6 years — which is the average lifespan of a queen!