I'm requeening a hive. This morning I found the queen and was in the process of catching and squashing her when she flew away. I stood there for several minutes to see if she would fly back to me like I've heard folks say they sometimes do, but I never saw her again.
This queen has never been outside the hive at this location. She was a good 15 feet away from the hive stand when she flew off. There was an open box on the hive stand, another on the ground, and the 3rd that I was looking through. There are 6 other hives in the immediate vicinity.
For some reason I've had a hard time finding queens this year and felt fortunate to find her thid morning. I'll look for her again this afternoon, but if I don't find her it doesn't necessarily mean she isn't there.
How likely is it that this queen made it back into one of "her" boxes? I'm planning to install the new queen in its cage this afternoon. I'm hoping they'll be queenless and accept her.
Any other suggestions?
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