Re: Queenless frame of bees, where to put them?
I have never seen them do what you are describing. I have seen them return to the landing site if I didn't get the queen or all surround her if she landed on the ground, but in that case they went into the hive on their own. Maybe there was another queen in the swarm which caused some of the bees to stay with her on the ground. If there is then you have options. Make a split or pinch her and recombine depending on if one or both begin laying, or whatever your needs are at the moment. I am in the building stage, so I hate to see a queen perish, especially if she came from a good performing hive. If it was a primary swarm then you have a mated queen. If there is a virgin queen with the other bees and you just drop them in with the others there is going to be a fight.
Good luck with whatever choose to do.
When I catch a swarm, I don't move the hive until nightfall or early the next morning. This gives all the bees time to get settled. The ones on the ground find their way in just a few minutes.
Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014. Going for treatment free.