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What is Colony?

  1. A brush or whisk broom used to gently remove bees from combs.
  2. All the worker bees, drones, queen, and developing brood living together in one hive or other dwelling.
  3. A collection of bees (worker bees, drones, and a queen) living together as a single social unit.
  4. A collection or family of bees living within a single social unit.
  5. the honeybee community including queen, workers, drones and brood.


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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.