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Normal Honey Bee Development

Developing pupae

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After two days, healthy prepupae begin to change from their larval form into pupae, the third life state, on their way to becoming adult bees. Healthy pupae remain white and glistening during the initial stages of development, even as their bodies begin to change to the adult form. Compound eyes are the first areas that begin to take on color, changing from white to brownish-purple. Soon after this, the rest of the body begins to darken, taking on the color and features of an adult bee.