Over a comb surface area of 1dm2 there are an average of 130 bees. But when large numbers of bees enter the cells, we can count up to 400 of them. This must be borne in mind during the evaluation.
If an entire Dadant comb, including the frame, is densely occupied by a layer of bees, it contains around 1400 bees.
If the comb is only partially covered by the bees, imagine them clustered over a portion of the frame, and evaluate what proportion of the comb is thus occupied (for example, half of the comb). Next, calculate the number of bees based on the proportion of the comb entirely covered by bees (in the preceding example, half of 1400, i.e. 700).
The following table gives the surface area of the comb in dm2 and the number of bees per entirely covered frame for different types of combs: