Virgin queen bees mate several times with several different male bees, called a drone. The sole purpose of the drone is to mate with the queen. The male bee inserts his endophallus into the female and with the force of the ejaculation, leaves his semen as well as the penis inside the female. After a male drone has mated between 7 and 10 times, the male bee dies.
Virgin queens mate early in their lives and only attend one mating flight. After several matings during this flight, a queen stores up to 100 million sperm within her oviducts.
Honey bees can control the sex of their offspring: eggs pass through the ovary into the oviduct, a queen can determine whether a particular egg is fertilized or not.
Once they lay their eggs, they are stuck to the ceiling of the nest while the worker bees produce honey so the larvae will not fall out.
The amount of time each bee needs to develop is different:
Male honey bees: 24 days
Worker bees: 21 days
Queen bees: 16 days
This is the lifecycle of the honey bee. They are a very interesting species and the reproductive cycle is one of the most unique of all creatures and insects.