A Honey Bee life cycle has four stages, egg, larva, pupa and finally an adult. The colonies of Bees consist of Queen Bee, Worker Bee and Drones (males). Queen Bees lay eggs, Worker Bees are non-egg producing bees and Drones are meant for mating purposes.
Egg Stage: First stage of development in the life cycle is egg stage. Eggs are very minute and have appearance of poppy seeds in shape. Hatching of eggs normally occurs after 3 days of egg laying.
Larva Stage: This stage generally lasts up to 9 odd days. During this stage, hatched larva is almost microscopic in size without legs and eyes. Larva is fed on a diet known as royal jelly for initial two days. As the third day progresses larvae that are destined to develop into Queen Bees continue to feed on royal jelly, while Worker larvae feed on honey, water and pollens. Larval stage for Queen Bee lasts for 5.5 days, 6 days for Worker Bees and 6.5 days for Drones.
Pupa Stage: Reorganization of tissues massively takes place during pupal stage. Worm-like body has now three distinct parts of the body. This stage usually lasts for 7.5 days for Queen Bee, 12 days for Worker Bee and 14.5 days for Drone Bee (male bee).
Adult Stage: All three types of bees are now fully grown and are fully ready to accomplish their tasks. A typical colony of honey bee consists of 50,000 to 60,000 Worker Bees, 600 to 1000 Drone Bees and only 1 Queen Bee.