Nucleus Colony


One queen honey bee, four frames of bees, some honey and pollen.

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A nucleus colony, or nuc, is essentially a smaller hive, sometimes in a smaller box, consisting of bees in all stages of development, as well as food, a laying queen, and enough workers to cover from three to five combs . When placed into a full-sized hive body and given supplemental feeding, the nuc usually expands rapidly into a strong colony.

Source: Nucleus colonies – Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (

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