Re: catching and selling swarms
On the flip side of the coin some people might be more comfortable purchasing a local "warm nuc" as opposed to a queen raised in another state and or climate who could be superseded as soon as the colony builds to substantial size and they realize she's not exactly the cream of the crop so to speak. Remember a robust colony having swarmed, was able to be in a position to swarm because of the queen's capacity for egg laying. Why wouldn't you want her to head up your captured swarm? Don't be so quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
"Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti