A drone emerges.

To answer Monday’s question, you needed to know two things: first, that the image showed honey bee drone larvae around day 9 of development; and second, the predictable timeline of honey bee development. Since drones take 24 days to mature, and the June 26th photographs was taken on day 9 or so, that would schedule adult emergence for around July 11, 2011.

No one guessed it exactly, and there was some confusion over whether these were really honey bees, or drones, or workers. But we had two guesses bracketing my estimated date by a day, so I’ll award 5 points each to Guillaume D. and to knackbock.