Bee Math

LIFE CYCLE OF BEES
   All casts of the bee’s development can be advanced or retarded by the increase or decrease in the temperature. This is for capped or emerging cells. Cell size may also influence the time that it takes for the bee to develop.
DRONES:                                                                                            
Egg Hatches:       Cell Capped:     Emerges:              Ready to mate @ DCA:
3 ½ days              10 th day, + – 1     24 th day, + – 1       38 th day, + – 5 days
WORKER:
Egg Hatches:      Cell Capped:       Emerges:                 Foraging:
3 ½ days              9 th day, + – 1       21 st day, + – 1          42 nd day, + – 7 days
QUEEN:
Egg Hatches:      Cell Capped:       Emerges:                 Laying:
3 ½ days              8 th day, + – 1        16 th day, + – 1        28 th day, + – 5 days
INTERNATIONAL COLOR CODE FOR QUEEN MARKING
       YEARS ENDING IN:                                       COLOR:
            1 or 6                                                            White or Gray
            2 or 7                                                            Yellow
            3 or 8                                                            Red
            4 or 9                                                            Green
            5 or 0                                                            Blue                                                                                                       
Elmer’s Painters Hobby Craft Pens will easily mark queens and are less expensive than commercial marking pens. Also, using the lighter shades of blue, red and green will give you an advantage in finding the queen.
   The practicing of marking a queen should be done on drones until you have the skill to mark a queen. When marking, always mark only on the top of the thorax making sure not to get any paint in her eyes or on other body parts [wings, abdomen, etc.] because this may trigger supercedure of the queen.
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