by Stephanie Bruneau in Bee Culture Magazine; April, 2017
Did anyone ever tell you ‘you are what you eat’? There is no creature for which this is more true than the honey bee. Amazingly, queen bees are genetically exactly identical to worker bees. But they’re fed a different diet from worker bees their whole lives, from the time they are tiny larvae, until the day they die. This different meal plan causes their physiology and behavior to develop completely differently from worker bees, despite the same genetic foundation. What is this magic food? It’s not broccoli! It’s the aptly named substance, royal jelly.