Honey Bees

Q. How long does a honey bee live?

A. In the spring through early fall, a worker bee only lives for about six weeks and a drone only lives for about eight weeks. The workers born during mid/late fall will live until the following spring. Nowadays, a queen will live and be productive egg-layer for 6 months-2 years and, sometime, into a third year before she dies or she is replaced by a daughter queen.

Q. How many honey bees are in a bee hive?

A.  During the spring and summer in San Francisco, there can be as many as 50,000+ honey bees in a colony.  This number will drop to around 5,000 by mid/late November when the weather becomes colder, day length shortens, pollen & nectar are scarce and the colony becomes much less active.