Royal Jelly, Brood & Eggs

I inadvertently took a half decent photo of royal jelly during my hive inspections yesterday. Click the photo for a close up view that shows the larvae floating in the royal jelly.

Gooey whilte larvae (June 25, 2012.)

Royal jelly is a white, gooey secretion that’s fed to all honey bee larvae for their first three days. Larvae intended to become queens are given a gigantic dose of royal jelly that more or less keeps them going for the duration of their development.

Here’s another shot from the same hive that shows some larvae after they’ve fattened up on all their royal jelly.

Lots of gooey larvae. (June 25, 2012.)

And here’s a frame of capped brood from a newly-mated queen.

Newly-mated queen laying well. Great brood pattern. (June 25, 2012.)

I might as well cover all the bases while I’m at it. Here are some teenie tiny larvae probably only minutes old with no royal jelly added to the brood cells yet. We’re essentially looking at eggs here.

Eggs laid probably a few hours ago. (June 25, 2012.)

3 thoughts on “Royal Jelly, Brood & Eggs

  1. Wow, you got a picture of eggs! I’ve not been able to see eggs in my own hive yet. What a coup. I do like having someone take photos of the comb as I inspect. I see so much in the photos that I miss while I’m in the hive.

    • It’s just luck that these photos turned out okay — that any of our photos turn out half decent. Try taking a photos with a black veil over your face (vision obscured), in bright sunlight (difficult to see anything in camera’s LCD screen) while wearing goat skin gloves (can’t feel any buttons or dials on the camera.

      I need to hire a camera operator.

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