We’ve long since recognized that women have more value than just having babies. But tell that to bees. The queen bee’s only job is to lay eggs, without which the hive will die.
The queen doesn’t get to leave the house either, except for once to mate with several drones. From these encounters she will store the sperm to last her entire lifetime.
A hive only has one queen bee at a time. But any young female bee, less than 48 hours old, can become a queen bee once fed a special food called “royal jelly” by the workers.
That's a queen bee is pictured in the center.
When some hotel restaurants say their ingredients are fresh, they're not kidding. It's part of a new farm-to-table hospitality trend, with the emphasis on "green" and a big effort to keep things organic.