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I plan to buy a package of bees and install them in a hive. The queen will go on her nuptial flight. What are the chances there are no bees in my area and there will be no drones in the air to mate with the queen? Are nuptial flights often a failure? If the nuptial flight is a failure I would think the whole package of bees will die in the hive.

I know there are at least a few bees around as I find one in the house occasionally. I put out sugar water a few weeks ago on a nicer day to see if bees found it. I did not see any that found it.

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The queen you recieve with your package will (should)be already mated. I suppose folks might sell packages with virgin queens, but this is atypical and would/should be disclosed to you.
 

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If you buy a package of bees with a queen, the queen will already be mated when you get her.
 

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You can then wonder whether her nuptial flights were successful. Checking to see if the queen is laying well is one of the major responsibilities with a package.
 
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