Can A Bee Colony Replace Its Queen?

“In a bee hive, there’s usually just one queen. What happens when the queen dies? How do the bees replace her? When a bee colony loses a queen – say, she’s accidentally killed – the worker bees notice the absence of a chemical she produces – a pheromone. Pheromones are chemicals that serve as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses. In the case of bees, in response to the absence of the queen’s scent, the workers begin a process of emergency queen rearing…” w/ photos

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