Queen rearing is the process when beekeepers raise queen bees from young fertilised worker bee larvae. As the young queen larva pupates with her head down, the workers cap the queen cell with beeswax. When ready to emerge, the virgin queen will chew a circular cut around the cap of her cell. Often the cap swings open when most of the cut is made, so as to appear like a hinged lid. Queen rearing can be practiced on a small scale by hobbyist or sideline beekeepers raising a small amount of queens for their own use, or can be practiced on a larger, commercial scale by companies that produce queen bees for sale to the public. It is though a highly specialised process and is an essential part of beekeeping. National Bee Supplies has all the beekeeping equipment you need to help rear strong, healthy and prolific queen bees.