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Age Of Bees Indicated

Categories: LOSS OF QUEENS.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Hundreds of bee-keepers lose some of their stocks in this way, and can

assign no reasonable cause. "Why," say they, "there wasn't twenty bees

in the hive; it was all full of honey," or worms, as the case may be.

"Only a short time before, it was full of bees; I got three good swarms

from it, and it always had been first rate, but all at once the bees

were gone. I don't understand it!" Such bee-keepers cannot understand

how rapidly a family of bees diminish, when there is no queen to

replenish with young this mortality of the old ones. I doubt whether

the largest and best family possibly could be made to exist six months,

without a queen for their renewal, except, perhaps, through the winter.

When standing close on one bench, they are gone sooner than if on

separate stands, as they often join a neighboring hive when they can

walk to it.