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The Queen Liable To Be Lost In Her Excursions

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

This excursion of the queen, whenever I have witnessed it, always took

place a little after the middle of the day, when the drones were out in

the greatest numbers. At such times I have seen them leave amid rather

more commotion than usual among the workers. I have watched their

return, which varied from three minutes to half an hour, and seen them

hover around their own hive, apparently in doubt whether they belonged

in that, or the next; in a few instances they have actually settled on

the neighboring hive, and would have there perished, but for my

assistance in putting them right.