If you look carefully you will see newly laid eggs inside the honeycomb cells. A successfully mated queen bee can produce approximately 500,000 eggs over the course of her lifetime.
During the spring and summer, a queen bee lays an average of 1,200 to 1,500 eggs per day. A real go-getter can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day! (Some sources say that this number can even reach 3,000). A young and newly mated queen bee, however, needs time to work up to this kind of production. She may start with a smaller and perhaps irregular laying rate until she reaches her optimum.
The amount of eggs that a queen bee lays depends on the time of the season, the quality of the nectar flow, the kind of food being fed to her by the nurse bees, the strength of the colony, and the amount of empty space available. The eggs pictured here are worker bee eggs. However, the queen determines which kind of eggs to lay as she is laying them. She can lay either worker eggs or drone eggs by fertilizing or not fertilizing them at the time of laying them. Fertilized eggs become workers; unfertilized eggs become drones.