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What is abscond?

1. The action of bees that leave the hive suddenly, leaving the hive empty. 

2. To leave a hive suddenly, usually because of problems with poor ventilation, too much heat, too much moisture, mites, moths, ants, beetles, lack of food, or other intolerable problems

Abandoned bee hive


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What is alighting board?Alighting board - slope in front of entrance for bees to land on before entering hive. Also known as a landing board.

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What is Winter cluster?A ball-like arrangement of adult bees within the hive during winter.A tightly packed cluster of bees that forms to maintain warmth during the colder winter months.