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Curious if anyone has seen any research on this. My daughter and I watched as one of the bees carried what we now believe to be larva out of the hive and out towards the woods. I watched yesterday as an undertaker carried a dead bee in the exact same direction out into the woods. I will first assume it was not the same bee so with that assumption, do they pass around to themselves where the best "burial ground" is? I know they do it with flowers/nectar etc but haven't seen anything about this. Just made me wonder...

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do they pass around to themselves where the best "burial ground" is?
I imagine that recent flights and also wind play a factor in which way the undertakers go.
 

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I have watched them, too. Some bees cannot make a lift off with some dead bees and they don't go far, while other bees can. I think larva must weigh less, though.
 

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I hived a package today and I watched them bring out some dead bees and they didn't go far they were putting them right outside the hive on the ground
 
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