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How a Bee Becomes Queen

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Royal jelly! For bees, it’s what makes all the difference between a queen and a worker. Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Justin Lentz, David Campos, John Szymakowski, Peso255, Jeremy Peng, Avi Yaschin, and Fatima Iqbal. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2011/acs-presspac-september-21-2011/queen-bee-or-worker-bee-new-insights-into-famous-honeybee-society-caste-system.html http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/pr200473a http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/pr200473a?tokenDomain=presspac&tokenAccess=presspac&forwardService=showFullText&journalCode=jprobs http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/04/26/what-makes-a-queen-bee-one-special-protein-apparently/#.VXevolzBzGc http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3059907/ http://westernfarmpress.com/management/queen-bees-need-more-royal-jelly http://blogs.nature.com/news/2011/04/honey_bees.html http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/11/democracy_in_honeybees_and_other_animals_what_humans_can_learn_from_social.single.html http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7348/full/nature10093.html http://usabtm.weburl.ro/utilizatori/ZOOTEHNIE/file/REVISTA%202011/vol%2044/2/BIOCHIM/Barnutiu.pdf https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml/
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Jay Dee (3 hours ago)
Another fun fact, if the Queen Bee misses a queen larva, once the new queen hatches, even if it's been only a day or two, the recently new queen will be kicked out of the nest with her own swarm of drones to find a new home. Also, Bee Highlander!!! There can be only one!!! I now want to see a female version of Highlander!
Kremit (23 hours ago)
*vitamin bee*
Evil Bastard (1 day ago)
I've been telling my girlfriends for years that my royal jelly makes her a queen.
Pooops bees
Chung Triệu Mẫn (2 days ago)
"The milky yellowish substance" sounds like spiss (a mix of sperm and piss) LMFAO XD LOLOLOLOL!!!
ferid bathory (2 days ago)
I want to be a queen bee
J Williams (2 days ago)
Maybe if I get some political jelly I'll become President
David Liang (3 days ago)
Dont u Meehan hive?
The Steampunk_ Mudkip (3 days ago)
Well as a kid I used to drink a lot of royal jelly shakes, sooooo IM A QUEEEEEN AND IM AN ICON XD.
DeathbyPixels (4 days ago)
Thank you for sharing! Ignorant little ol’ me though queen bees were a specific kind of egg/larva that the original queen laid when she was reaching the end of her life.
Primo_ (4 days ago)
It's 4 in the morning. I've spent the last 5 hours learning about bees, hornets, and wasps. It'll never happen, but if I need to bee facts to save lives, I got 'em motherfucker!
Best Deals (4 days ago)
In reality: Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then Many new kids come to School, the most Popular Girl in school leaves therefore the other Students have to stay and find their new Popular Girl, they constatly give the new girls Jelly to impress them and when some of them have had the ones who have had the most Jellie's in 1 day will have a rap battle, whoever wins is the new Most Popular girl in school, and then...
Leah (4 days ago)
I thought the queen bee was just BORN that way
Baltimore Orioles (4 days ago)
Ha
So what you telling me is that a queen mates with her sons? UGH SO WEIRD
Am I the only one who thinks that the way bee’s live is a good idea for a show in the medieval or something like that time? Like if the kingdom does not accept a Queen, they kill her? And if the Queen is accepted, they don’t? I’m brainstorming but I think it’s a really good concept. It’s a show based off how bee’s live just symbolized as humans. Like think of Game of Thrones, you know? I don’t watch that show but it’s the first thing that came to my mind. Imagine like a few children out of countless of others is picked to be chosen as future queen and is exposed to more advantages unlike the others, and on coronation day all of their choices narrow down to wether or not she is worthy of being Queen and if they are not they are executed for not being “worthy of claiming a throne.” Maybe some of the children sabotage one another so that they have a better shot at being a ruler and that can be like framing them of being a horrible person or even murdering them in their sleep and blaming it on an illness and if there are two different queens remaining, they fight for the death. Again I’m brainstorming but I’m really convinced that this is a good concept.
Syed Sammer Haider (5 days ago)
Long time no see
BubbleTea (5 days ago)
I felt disgusted watching this, but hey, I managed
Fedi Berzerk (5 days ago)
You just need to be the most talented member of a girl group.That's how you became a Queen Bee
Rickard Blane (6 days ago)
Game of thrones
TheKrokomaster (7 days ago)
I bet like 50% of the views are from potheads
angel marte (7 days ago)
Why d youtubers have the tendency to talk in bursts-pauses like that is supposed to make things more interesting...WRONG!
Seth Juatchon (7 days ago)
1:35
solar cats (8 days ago)
when he mentioned royal jelly i couldnt stop thinking about that one phineas and ferb episode where the fireside girls visit the abandoned amusment park
You have to learn the *Beyoncé* way first.
Jazmine Buffalo (8 days ago)
Dont read this I told you not to read it...sorry :)
adel walid (8 days ago)
so if i take royal jelly my whoel life ill live 5 more years. be my guest
DABZ (8 days ago)
“You can call me queen bee and baby arroooo aroooo arooooo “
Kenziegrace (9 days ago)
I like this guy☺️
wentzle vania (9 days ago)
Is this minkis from boy meets world?
Nora 55 (9 days ago)
2:39 i want to see that happen
So... Plack panther in real life?
ChiG. Battle (9 days ago)
“ I Need Science To Believe “
Rise of the Unicorns (10 days ago)
So you are going tell me all this stuff came into existence because of the big bang YA RIGHT
Peter Griffin (10 days ago)
God Save The Bee!
Ed Said (10 days ago)
When the bees need a Queen - they make about 6 LARGER cells to lay the eggs in. The Queen bee needs more room because she is about twice the size as a regular bee. Another thing that is interesting about a male bee is that they don't have a stinger. The male bees only purpose is to mate with the new queen. When a new queen is born she will fly up in the air and the first male bee to catch her will have the "privilege" of mating with her. It's been over 50 years since I was involved with raising bees - so I am really not sure about this. Commercial production of Queen bees is done and a Queen bee can be ordered to replace one if you have a colony that needs one.
Karyl Llanes (11 days ago)
But why some of the bees kill their queen? If she is really choosen by them
noooooooooooooooooo (11 days ago)
Learning about how Beyoncé became Queen Bey ICONIC
Unknown Child (11 days ago)
Where do I sign up to adopt the kicked out males? Can I even adopt them?
Vince Marquez (11 days ago)
i like this guys delivery. hilarious
Tiarnán Walsh (11 days ago)
I thought only the queen could make another queen?
Diego Figueroa (12 days ago)
What if a male consumes the _Royal Jelly_ ?
Quin (12 days ago)
interesting
That guy sounds like the guy fomr CrashCourse
Evelyn Tunardy (12 days ago)
My grandfather drinks royal jelly. Me to!!!
J Allen (12 days ago)
Maybe we've been using the royal jelly wrong. Maybe we need to soak our children in it for it to work.
Salaranter (12 days ago)
So the bee doesn't have to 'bee' Beyoncé?
Nishan Hoq (13 days ago)
O
Ivan Aaron (13 days ago)
Im here because of ROBLOX Bee Swarm Simulator
FranyyGaming XX (13 days ago)
I seen TWO queen bees on my tree and I'm like *" oh hell no "*
PULAK DAS (13 days ago)
Popular girl 👍
FlameGod (13 days ago)
Vitamin BEE
a5m (13 days ago)
Love how savage nature is
cristopher wong (14 days ago)
Royal jelly? You mean beauty product juice for skin.
:SilenT : (14 days ago)
Royal Jell has VITAMIN B?! Coincidence? Im sorry.
Bill Nye (14 days ago)
Yaaaaas queen
Skittos (14 days ago)
I hate that I’m procrastinating, but I just can’t not watch this video....
Some Dank Dude (15 days ago)
Wait the male bees just sit around waiting to have sex then get kicked out.... damn
Kristoff Adriano (15 days ago)
*_so if fetuses ate royal jellies they will be a queen bee XD_*
Donovan Steitz (15 days ago)
This is the best example of epigenetic gene expression that I've ever seen.
No2h Returns (15 days ago)
Nature is awesome
C abana (15 days ago)
The comments in this video are amazing
Cobalt Bleu (15 days ago)
Vitamin 🐝
asdf! 12131 (16 days ago)
Vitamin BEE
tom j. (16 days ago)
This is the peak of my procrastination...
Eddie Gomez (17 days ago)
Just be fat I wish that people did something cool too when their fat instead of sitting down and eating Doritos nonstop
Warrenton Maxwell (17 days ago)
This explains the female rap game.
lovepeople Hu (17 days ago)
Even Bees 🐝 doesn't believe in equality.
Ahron Martinez (17 days ago)
That queen can be a good pornstar when it comes to gangbangs
Moonz (17 days ago)
Vitamin 🅱️EE
DM Bara (17 days ago)
So great. Very insightful.
Gabby Sara (17 days ago)
1:36 Vitamin Bee
Odysseus Rex (18 days ago)
A queen lives five years, producing 2000 eggs a day. That's 3,650,000 eggs. A queen only mates once. How many millions of sperm cells does a male bee produce? How are they kept alive inside the queen's body? How are they united with the eggs? These are questions which are never answered in elementary school biology lessons.
Sand Strand (18 days ago)
that was super interesting and i learnt a lot
Laura Legends (18 days ago)
Freaking lazy ass male drones... shame on you
Eleanor (18 days ago)
Very interestingggg
ghoulunathics (18 days ago)
so in the other hand the reason why regular bees are so small is just social and economical.
Fred Fable (18 days ago)
IDIOT...
Just another Penguin (19 days ago)
Okkkkk....... how does a bee become a king then???
Mythical Beast (19 days ago)
Wow, being born a Queen and end up a worker!
Demon _God (19 days ago)
Does the larvae from the royal jelly is the queen?
- Its_JustLia - (20 days ago)
I have a shampoo with royal jelly
[AG] Slash Dancer999 (20 days ago)
All I have to say is, Wings Of Fire.
P1rat3 (20 days ago)
Did I just hear, vitamin B?
Nicolas Perez (21 days ago)
Brutal
Azzy Lu (23 days ago)
Mmk
Kaiser Padilla (24 days ago)
This reminds me of "Bee Swarm Simulator" from Roblox. Anyone?
Sophie Ellis (24 days ago)
I watch this guy on multiple different channels at school too learn things
Kickiusz (20 hours ago)
I guess he doesn't have a grammar channel then.
Zackinblack (26 days ago)
thank you futurama.
Dopamine (27 days ago)
1:09 Is it me or does that picture look somehow appetizing?
Lordwarship (27 days ago)
*Yawns*
Ice Forst Baconz! (27 days ago)
3686000th :D
Naomi Brake (27 days ago)
Vitamin BEE you say???
Ethan Wong (28 days ago)
What happens if you feed Royal jelly to a male drones?
Morgan Hinton (29 days ago)
OMG It's Hank Green!!
Lobo da floresta (1 month ago)
And what If a communist revolution happens on the hive? Who Will rule the proletarian bees?
Chao quan Yuan (1 month ago)
I’m code that
Rell (1 month ago)
You are bees of the winter... and don't know about the long summer... but heed our words summer IS coming and it won't matter how many sweet drinks we hover around summer will come for us all.... the words of house honey bee
Andree Jagger (1 month ago)
People in sy Fi applied to xenomorphs
God Aweful Content (1 month ago)
Royal jelly is what my girl calls my nut

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