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3000 bees completely cover a deep frame, top-to-bottom, bar-to-bar [BC, 7/04, p50].

3500 bees per lb [ABC/XYZ, 1974, p678]. 3-lb package contains about 11,000 bees [Ref 1, p 84].

One deep frame completely covered w/ adult bees equals about 1 pound (3500) of bees. [Ref 15, p71]

One shallow frame covered w/ bees will hold about 1/2 lb of bees. [Ref 15, p71]
 

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In the Almond Pollination Handbook, Joe Traynor says a hive with 8 frames of bees has around 15000 bees.This would be 1875 per frame.The standard for almond pollination is 8 frames of bees 2/3 covered at 60 degrees.Everyone knows that bees will cover more frames at 60 degrees than they will at say, 32, so there is an element of judgement involved , particularly when it comes to grading hive strength for pollination.
 
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