Im a new beek (one season under my belt) and I am thinking of ways on how to capture my my own swarms that may leave their happy home for another.
For those of you lucky or unlucky enough to see a swarm depart from your hive, do they circle the hive or do they basically fly in the direction to where the hive entrance is pointing.
My understanding is that when the queen lands, the rest of the bees land and cluster around her and the swarm can be at any height from the ground.
Does this mean that she is in control of the flight and path of the bees?
For those of you who have seen swarms of bees that have landed, is there a statistical average on how far the swarm was from the ground and how far it was from the hive and what direction the swarm was from the entrance of the hive.
I have been wondering if I put obstacles in front of the hive such as a potted evergreen tree, would the queen be more likely to land there or does the swarm go where ever the good lord leads them? Has anybody ever tried that and what results could you share. Thanks