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The diagram shows the life cycle of a honey bee
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The picture illustrates the stages in the life of a honey bee.
Overall, the complete life cycle of a honey bee takes from 34 to 36 days. The life cycle has 5 main stages, beginning with the laying of eggs and ending with the mature adult honey bee.
At the first stage, 1 or 2 eggs are laid every 3 days by an adult female bee. After 9 to 10 days, these eggs hatch and immature bees – known as nymphs – emerge. Then, as these nymphs develop and grow larger in size, they moult 3 times, after approximately 5 days, 7 days and 9 days.
Next, when the final moult is completed, the young adult honey bee emerges. This takes place after a period of about 30 days after the eggs were first laid. At the final stage, the young adult honey bee
takes another 4 days to become fully mature. At this point, the female bee lays eggs and the cycle will begin again.