The Honeybee in Agriculture

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Since 1992, the honeybee has been Oklahoma’s state insect, largely because honeybees carry out a significant task in agriculture. The honeybee and its contributions to the world dates back thousands of years ago and continues to be by far one of the most extraordinary animals ever. Honeybees are being used in research to detect drugs, bombs and cancer. Also in developing treatments for an array of infirmities in humans, but this is just a few among many things that honeybees have contributed to the human world. Honeybees and the products they emit have many diverse uses in cultures around the world. But above all the amazing and important things, plant pollination is by far the most essential to humans. Honeybees are responsible for 80% …show more content…
All three caste members go through four stages of development; egg, larva, pupa and adult. The queen lays eggs in worker and drone cells; fertilized eggs in can develop into workers or queens and unfertilized eggs develop into drones. While in the larva stage a honeybee is fed royal jelly, after third day the larva is fed beebread a mixture of honey and pollen. Nine days after hatching the larva is fully grown and stops feeding, this is when a cocoon is spun around the larva. During this time the adult body structures are formed. Once it has transformed into an adult, it is ready to emerge. A queen can live up to 5 years sometimes longer and only mates once in her lifetime. She is created at the decision of worker bees by feeding the larva only royal honey. On the sixteenth day from the time the egg was laid the new virgin queen will tear back the cap from her cell and emerge with her tongue stuck out begging for food. Soon after she has been fed by workers she will crawl out of the cell to dry. When the virgin queen has completely dried and gathered her strength she will make a shrill noise and wait for a response from other potential queens who hasn’t emerged from their cells. Once the virgin queen has received response from the others she will then seek them out, tear back the cap from their cell and eliminate

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