Re: Catching a swarm with an empty hive
There is always a chance that the swarm would find your empty hive, however when the swarm issues you may have just enough time to wave goodbye, or they will likely settle on a tree limb, some type of structure such as an overhang of a roof, then scout bees are sent out to find a good place to build a new hive. At this point, they may or may not find your hive box.
The sure bet is to follow DLMKA's advice and split the hive before it swarms.
Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A, Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up