Evidence Of The Old Queen's Leaving

That the old queen does leave with the first swarm is indicated by

several things: one is, eggs may often be found on the board the next

morning; another, when the first swarm has left, and before any of

these royal cells hatch, the bees may be driven out and no queen will

be found, or you may drive out the bees at the end of three weeks, and

the brood of workers will be about all hatched, the drone brood not

quite as near. The combs may also contain some eggs, and perhaps some

very young larvae, that have been deposited by the young queen, which

begins to lay usually sixteen or eighteen days after the first swarm.

This shows a cessation of laying eggs for about two weeks. First swarms

will have eggs in the cells as soon as they are made to hold them,

which is often within 24 hours after being hived; occasionally a new

piece of comb will fall down, and, if the cells are deep enough, they

are almost certain to contain eggs. I could add other proof, but the

attentive observer will discover it himself.

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