After watching “Vanishing of the Bees” last class, I payed a visit to a friend who I knew does some beekeeping himself on the side.
He told me about the process of splitting hives and about how queen bees come about. He said that in early stages of development bee larvae are normally fed royal jelly for only three days to make normal bees. If there is no queen around, the bees might continue to feed the larvae royal jelly which will result in hopefully some bees to develop into a queen.
The issue is getting frames with eggs, especially during cold seasons where drones can be scarce. As seen in the “Vanishing of the Bees” some beekeepers attempt to force the process of creating queens and new hives far beyond what could be considered natural.
I’m happy to see people like my friend who gives up some of his his extra time to raise and care for bees. The honey’s great too.