Spring, the time of blossoming and of the most abundant food supply, is also the most prolific breeding time. In consequence of the fast growth of the larvae, the queen’s diligent egg-laying leads to a quick increase in the numbers of bees, and thus to a rapid strengthening of the colony. But it does not immediately lead to an increase in the number of colonies as well, because each colony with its queen, as we know, represents a “state” complete in itself, so that the increase in brood increases only the number of its citizens.
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