The Honey Bee Colony: The hive consists of three castes of bees. Queen• Fertile female responsible for the total population ~ Worker• Sterile female – does the work of the hive ~ Drone• Fertile male – exists to mate with queen
This interesting image shows, the hive preparing to swarm. You can see fresh eggs (D) so, there must be a Queen in the colony, there is developing larvae (A) and yet there are 2 Queen cells (B). There are also drone cells (C).