How many queen bees in a hive?
One is the number of queen bees that reign in a hive. A hive maintained by beekeepers and a nest sustained in the wild may have many males, who are called drones, and many infertile females, who serve as workers. But there never will be more than one queen (under normal circumstances) since an egg that becomes a queen will assume control over the birth hive or nest or go elsewhere to start a separate…
In a hive of honey bees (Apis Mellifera) there are three different types of bees. There is just one queen who is basically an egg laying machine. There will be several hundred drones (male bees) whose only purpose is to mate with a virgin queen. All the other bees in the hive (up to 80000) are workers, who are infertile females.
Honey bees generally remove all dead bodies from their hive and that would include a deceased queen bee. I have in the past found a dead queen on the ground outside the entrance to a hive. (The reason I could identify it as a queen was that it was colour marked to help find it - many beekeepers mark their queens thus.)
A beekeeper will try to remove a wild hive (from a tree, or a hole in the ground) by moving the brood (the bee eggs and larvae) and the queen bee into a portable box hive. Foraging bees will return to the box if it is left beside the old hive, and so long as the queen was moved into the new hive. After nightfall, when all the bees have returned, the hive can be…
Bees don't form new hives. A hive is an artificial home for bees supplied by a beekeeper so that he can keep his bees in a location that suits him. Once the bees have been put in the hive they will build comb inside the hive so that the queen can lay eggs and produce more bees and also create a 'larder' for the bees to store honey.