Explanation of What You see in the Image Above
The frame of honey bee brood cells pictured above includes many different stages of honey bee development and other elements stored in brood honeycomb. We have identified 7 different types described below.
Worker Bee Egg
The first stage of honeybee development is the egg about 1.2mm in size, typically smaller than a sesame seed. This worker honey bee egg is 1 to 3 days old. On the 4th day, it will develop into a very young larvae
Very young larvae
Very young larvae that have just developed from an egg and are about 4 to 5 days old since the queen laid the egg. Shaped much like a bracket ‘(‘ they are small and swim in a rich fluid of royal jelly and nectar.
Middle-aged larvae that are about 6 to 7 days since the queen has laid the egg. Shaped like the letter ‘C’ they are typically curved and fill a small part of its cell.
Mature larvae that are about 8 to 9 days since the queen has laid the egg. Shaped like the letter ‘O’ they are typically fat, round and fill the cell
Pollen collected from flowers that have been deposited in honeycomb cells as small pellets from the foraging honeybees pollen baskets (corbicula). This pollen has been packed and moistened with nectar and honey in layers. The pollen changes overtime during this process and becomes what beekeepers call bee bread.
This is a capped cell of a developing female worker honeybee. About 9 days after the worker bee egg is laid, the cell is capped with beeswax by adult worker bees so the pupae can grow and develop until about day 22 when the worker bee emerges into an adult.
Often found very close to nearby developing brood, nectar is stored in uncapped cells before being processed into honey.