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  1. #1
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    Default Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    I hived a swarm last night, and today I was moving the mediums from the sbb to a flat piece of wood so i can get them over to my apiary and found this surrounded by other bees.

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    Does this mean my new swarm in queen less after a day? Or was this a virgin that tagged along? I am afraid to mess with them.

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    Default Re: Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    I'm 99.9% sure it's a drone.

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    Default Re: Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    Nope, not a drone. The photo shows a dead queen. However, she may not have been the only queen in your swarm. Many times more than one queen will depart with a swarm. Other times swarms leaving their respective colonies and flying in the same vicinity, will cluster together. The queens will sort themselves out later. Hopefully, your dead queen is just evidence of sorting.
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    Default Re: Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    Thanks joe, here's hopeing on the brightside

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    Default Re: Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    UPDATE

    Week and a half later, I can confirm eggs are being laid, so the queen that was dead was a dud! All is right in the hive.

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    Default Re: Odd thing to find in a swarm?

    I had the same exact thing happen to me this year on two different swarm calls...interesting!

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