Hello Aspirants! Today I again welcome you all to this video from our Agrilearner Team. So friends, today’s topic is going to be very important for you because of the questions that were asked by IBPS AFO from this topic.
We have already discussed those in the Entomology section, Apiculture module–Different Castes of Honeybees.
So friends let us first discuss the questions that were asked in IBPS AFO Mains 2019-20 and what more can be asked in future from this topic.
Which of the following statement regarding Honey bees and Bee colony is false?
- Worker bees are developed from an unfertilized egg.
- There is always one queen in a hive. She is half again as large as a worker and longer than a drone.
- Workers are the smallest and most numerous of the bees, constituting over 98% of the colony’s population.
- None of these
The correct answer is ‘Worker bees are developed from an unfertilized egg.’ To speak of the reason–when you talk about bees in Apiculture you will find 3 castes–drone, worker, queen. If you talk of worker and queen caste, these both develop from fertilised eggs whereas drone bee is developed from an unfertilised egg. Let’s move towards its explanation –
CASTES OF HONEY BEE–The different castes of honey bees are–drone, worker and queen bee.
➤Every honey bee colony comprises a single queen, a few hundred drones and several thousand worker castes of honey bees. So, population-wise worker bees are maximum.
➤Queen is a fertile, functional female, the worker is a sterile female, and the drone is a male insect.
Coming to the sex differentiation in bees-
➤Queen and worker develop from the fertilized egg while drone develops from an unfertilized egg. The question asked was from this point.
➤ Further differentiation of queen and worker depends on the quality and quantity of food that is fed to the queen or worker larvae.
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