Mother’s Day is here and it has me reflecting on the Mother Bee-- and, the bees that "mother."
The average bee hive has about 50,000 - 80,000 bees. All of those honeybees have a single mother, known as the Queen Bee, the Queen of the colony. She is extraordinary, both in the literal and in the ethereal sense of the word.
Practically speaking, you will notice the Queen is different in appearance. She has an elongated abdomen, to hold the thousands of eggs she will lay in her lifetime. Queen Bees seem to have super-powers; incredibly, on any given day, a Queen can lay her weight in eggs! In fact, a Queen Bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs in a single day.