Honey Bee from Egg to Adult
The queen honey bee may lay 1500 eggs in a single day. Worker bees feed the wormlike larva constantly-as many as 1300 times a day-after it hatches, sealing the cell when the grub has grown to fill it. The larva pupates in about 12 days, and the adult bee chews through the wax cap of its cell approximately three weeks after the eggs were first laid. Newly emerged adults perform various maintenance tasks until they are ready to begin foraging outside the hive.