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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