Talk about expanding a family! Queen bees can lay as many as 1500 eggs in a single day, often giving birth to an egg every few seconds for the entire 24-hour period. In a beehive, only the queen bee can lay eggs and expand the size of a colony. This all occurs in the honey production season and is mainly done to maintain the number of honeybees in the hive, replacing old and missing honey bees with fresh bees. The queen can lay up to 200,000 eggs each season.