Worker Bee Mating Roles

Worker bees are all females. They spend the first few weeks of their lives tending brood then shift jobs to foraging for food. It takes 21 days for an egg to develop into a worker bee and she can live, during foraging time 6 to 8 weeks but can overwinter in the hive. Worker bees are fed a larval diet, which is deficient in some ways, and results in the bees sex organs not being fully developed. There are times though some worker bees may develop functioning ovaries and lay unfertilized eggs (parthenogenesis), which normally will result in drone bees.