Help. I captured my first swarm last evening. Small swarm from a small tree. Put bees into a 5 frame nuc. Never saw the queen. Left the nuc in the driveway overnight with the entrance completely blocked. Added small jar of sugar water on the top board inside the nuc. Morning check revealed lots of black ants inside the hive clustered around sugar water jar. Cleared out the ants, and moved nuc to permanent location approx 100 yards from driveway, opened the entrance but left queen excluder in front of the entrance.
Noticed bees were not eating sugar water. Checked sugar water level a few hours later. Ants were back and bees were gone. Empty nuc except for ants.
Any idea what may have happened? Did ants force out the weak unestablished hive? What else might cause bees to swarm again? It's over 100+ degrees in location and in a drought.