Curiosities: How many eggs can a queen bee lay in a day?

By Eddy Montilla.

BEE

It is extremely difficult to determine how many eggs a queen bee can lay in a day because it is something that may depend on different factors, such as space, temperature, food, genetics, etc. Bees do not make honey for your toast in the morning as a primary reason, but to feed themselves. It takes twelve worker bees to make a single teaspoon of honey and they only live for six weeks approximately in summer (the workers born in the autumn will live until the following spring, in general, a little bit more than five months). Then, to make sure that they will have enough food, a bee colony needs teamwork, hard work and… a lot of worker bees! And that is why the queen becomes an egg-laying machine at the end of the winter and beginning of the spring (during April and May to be more specific) and lays day and night at her maximum rate, almost every 20 seconds, so, she can lay between 1500 and 2000 eggs in a single day.

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