Seldom Go Off Without Clustering





Perhaps one swarm in three hundred will depart for the woods without

first clustering. I have had three times that number, not one of which

has ever left me thus. Yet I have evidence not to be disputed that some

will do it. Three instances have occurred near me that satisfied me of

the fact. Two were lost, the other was followed to a tree, half a mile

off; I assisted in cutting the tree, and hiving them. The cavity where

they entered was very small, and contained old comb, made by a swarm a

year or two previous, which had probably starved, as there was too

little room for storing sufficient honey for winter. This swarm, when

hived and carried home, remained perfectly contented.





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