Bees Do Not Increase If Full After The First Year In Same Hive
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained
I only will notice the fact, that the bees somehow disappear, and there
is no more at the end of five years than at the end of one. A stock of
bees may contain 6,000 the first of May, and raise 20,000 in the course
of the year; by the first of the next May, as a general thing, not one
more will be found, even when no swarm had issued.