Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The swarm looked normal enough except they were very close to the ground. Then I noticed a small fist size clump of bees near the mother hive, when I looked they were actually gathering around a queen! So I put her in a cage just in case. Then I cut the branch off with the main swarm on it and shook it into a new hive. I think I should have moved the hive further away from the mother hive before shaking, much of the swarm ended up back on the mother hive, I put the queen I had found into the new box then closed it up.
Then I started thinking, that maybe this small queen was just a virgin that ended up outside the hive when the main swarm left.. Time will show whats what, I will wait and see what happens. Too bad it couldn't be a straight forward kind of swarm. But swarm season has struck! Time to check my bait hives.