Composition of a colony - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
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Beekeeping Course
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Composition of a colony

Session 2
Composition of a honeybee colony

A healthy and strong honeybee colony consists of:

  • One Queen Bee

  • Tens of thousands of Worker Bees (up to 60,000)

  • Several hundred Drones during spring and summer, only a dozen or so in winter

  • Brood (eggs, larvae, pupae) stored in comb cells

  • Combs with food stores (honey, pollen)


None of them could survive on their own.
They can only exist in its entirety, dependent on each other.  

A bee colony is therefore regarded as one single unit, a super organism.

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