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Swarms Sometimes Return

Categories: SWARMING.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Occasionally a swarm will issue, and in a few minutes return to the old

stock. Mr. Miner gives a cause for this, very ingenious, and romantic,

but unfortunately there are but few facts to sustain this hypothesis,

(at least I have not discovered them.) There are other causes that

appear to me more reasonable; the most common is the inability of the

old queen to fly, on account of her burden of eggs, old age, or

else. I have sometimes, after the swarm had returned found

the queen near the stock, and put her back, and the next day she would

come out again, and fly without difficulty, (perhaps she had discharged

some of her eggs.)

Their returning is more frequent in windy weather, or when the sun is

partially obscured by clouds. About three-fourths of them will not

re-issue until a young queen is matured, eight or ten days afterwards;

and a few, not at all. But when the queen returns with the swarm, they

usually come out again the next day, or day after, and some not till

the third or fourth. I have known two instances where they issued again

the same day.