Post-Mother's Day Monday: Queen Bee

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Quite possibly the mother of all insect mothers.  I took this extreme closeup of a honey bee colony at a Texas bee farm exhibit recently.  The "queen bee" is easy to spot -- she's marked with the gold "halo" on her head.  Although she appears to be working diligently along side the rest of her crew, she's actually the birth mother to most, if not all of, the worker bees.  Of course, the primary role for the queen bee is to reproduce and lay eggs.  The worker bees surround the queen bee and protect her constantly -- meeting her daily needs, providing her with nourishment, and disposing of her waste.

Talk about loyal and devoted children! 


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Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Okay... after seeing this, I have decided that I am content with simply being a low life princess! :)

May 14, 2012 03:06 AM #6
Joanne Tarantino
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty - Key West, FL
CRS, Realtor

Excellent close up picture!

May 14, 2012 03:11 AM #7
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Being the mother to all those drones...makes me tired to think of it!

May 14, 2012 03:36 AM #8
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Carie,

Yes, the Queen's kids will follow her anywhere; what love and loyalty. Thanks for sharing. I had to have a 45 pound hive removed from one of my listings and it was a mess with the bees running through the house and stinging the contractors. Luckily they removed it within 15 hrs and all the bees were gone afterwards. Not too fond of bees but a great picture.

May 14, 2012 07:23 AM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Joni:  Well, having all those servants is probably overrated anyway, right? :)

Joanne:  Thank You!

Kathryn:  Ha!  She sure does have a lot of kids, doesn't she?

Kristin:  Her kids are loyal, that's for sure!  Regarding your listing ... 15 hours?  Yikes ... sounds like it was a big (and painful) job.  Those bees sure didn't take too kindly to having their hive relocated!

May 14, 2012 08:37 AM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Wow - That is fascinating stuff!  I had a friend, who was a beekeeper.  He often worried so much about his hives and the queens, that he would go out with a flashlight in the middle of the night to check on them. 

May 14, 2012 09:29 AM #11
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

We can only hope our children do the same thing for us as we age.

May 14, 2012 11:37 AM #12
Kimm Cloutier
Agawam, MA
Realtor - Agawam, MA

Great picture, Carie!  My parents had a honey bee infestation in their basement last year.  Apparently the bees got in through a crack in the foundation and made themselves a nice home in the basement ceiling.  My parents called a beekeeper to come and get them - all 6,000 of them!  

May 14, 2012 11:39 AM #13
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Myrl:  Your friend sounds like he was a very conscientious beekeeper and he took very good care of his bees!

Tammie:  Ha!  We can only hope :)

Kimm:  OMG ... that's unbelievable!  And, 6,000 is a whole lot of bees too!

May 14, 2012 11:51 AM #14
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carie, that is way to close to bees for me. I'm not allergic, but their stings hurt

May 14, 2012 12:18 PM #15
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Carie, I've never seen a queen bee - wow, she is quite stunning.  Thanks so much for sharing your photo - a perfect 'day after' blog!  We love honeybees in our rural area...and are happy that many farmers are choosing to maintain hives - now our fruit trees and berry's have very abundant crops!

May 14, 2012 12:29 PM #16
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Carie, Now people will better understand the tittle of " Queen Bee", LOL. Enjoyed this post!
May 14, 2012 12:45 PM #17
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Ed:  Luckily, no one got stung :)

Karen:  Thanks!  And yes, bees and their keepers work very hard to keep all of us people (and trees and plants) very happy.

William:  Thank you!  I learned a lot from that beekeeper!

May 15, 2012 12:49 AM #18
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Carie, I had recently read about the Queen Bee and find bees very interesting.... but like to keep my distance. I remember as a child in the schoolyard I was eating an apple. Unknowingly when I took a bite of the apple, a bee was on the apple and it stung my lip.  To this day I will not eat an apple outdoors. :)

May 15, 2012 04:41 AM #19
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rebecca:  I swear ... I was just sitting here reading your comment while eating an apple!  Phew ... but I'm indoors, though :)  That must have really hurt when you were a child ... bee stings are definitely no fun!

May 15, 2012 08:34 AM #20
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a great picture, and you have a lot of courage to get it. I wish my family was as loyal as the Bee family.

May 15, 2012 11:04 AM #21
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Debbie:  Ha!  I wish my family was as loyal as the bee family too :)

May 15, 2012 01:39 PM #22
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Carrie, while I would never want that many children, they are certainly very concerned about Mom!

May 17, 2012 02:52 AM #23
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Suzanne:  Personally, I don't know anyone that would want that many children :)  They sure are devoted, though!

May 17, 2012 05:58 AM #24
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

That is exactly how I like to see bees - in a photo!

Jun 23, 2012 09:56 AM #25
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