image.jpgHow can a tell if I got the queen with the swarm? This is my first time collecting a swarm and I was very careful, but what is the best way to know she is there. Here's the recap of what I did and my observations so far. I would welcome any and all constructive comments and suggestions.
I collected a large swarm (about 9 or 10 lbs) two days ago. The swarm was positioned in a tough location and took some time to carefully relocate. I transferred it directly to three medium hive bodies with a couple of drawn frames and the remainder of the frames with foundation. I let the hive bodies sit for about 45 minutes once I got the majority of the bees in and the remaining bees from the swarm went into the boxes on their own. The bees were very quiet once they settled in. I then sealed the boxes with a moving screen on top a relocated them keeping them confined in the hive until the next afternoon. Around 4 pm the next day, I opened the hive entrance and added some additional frames of foundation to fill the boxes. The bees were calm and within an hour they were all over the holly bushes and flowering trees in the area. This morning they were out flying and outside of the hive by 6am. This evening they are very active and flying , but are much louder than yesterday. I did not see any pollen coming back to the hive. How long should I wait to inspect?
Thank you in advance for any assistance.