Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Woods Hole, MA
    Posts
    2

    Default Caught queen - swarm left

    Yesterday I caught a hive in mid-swarm. The air and front of the hive was full of bees and there were masses on the ground. I was watching all this activity when I spotted the queen running around amidst the bees on the ground. I caught her and a few bees in a jar. I transferred her to a queen cage. By this time the swarm had settled high in a birch across the street. I put the queen and a frame of brood and bees from the hive into a new hive with undrawn foundation.

    The swarm has since disappeared. I'm curious as to what may have or may yet happen. Will the swarm continue without a queen? Could there have been another queen associated with the swarm? Could they return when the excitement dies down and they discover they are queenless?

    Many thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    adair county, kentucky, usa
    Posts
    461

    Default Re: Caught queen - swarm left

    I don't think they would have left without a queen. They probably had a virgin queen with them. Could it be that you caught a virgin queen, and they left with the old queen? Because I really don't think they would have clustered in the tree without having the queen in the cluster, and the old queen usually flies from the hive to a nearby tree or other structure. I doubt she would have been down in the grass unless you knocked her down someway.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Concord, CA
    Posts
    4,136

    Default Re: Caught queen - swarm left

    Some after swarms have more then one queen. If they didn't have a queen they would have gone right back into the hive they left.
    Dan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Woods Hole, MA
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: Caught queen - swarm left

    It could be that I caught a virgin queen. All I know is that I was looking into the mass of bees and there was this queen, virgin or not. I will say that when I put the queen cage with her near the remaining mass of bees she only attracted a small number of workers to her. I was expecting a big pig pile of bees around the cage. So maybe it was a virgin in which case I suppose I should let her out of the cage to go get busy.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads