Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box
I had a cutout hive abscond today, and got some cool swarm video footage. The bees clustered on a tree branch about 20' up. I was able to vacuum them up with my bucket vac, but then spent 2 hours searching for the queen so I could cage her until I can get this hive reestablished and moved away from my strong robbing hives.
1. Are there bee behaviors that help to locate the queen in a container, whether a box from collecting a swarm, or a bucket or hive body from a vacuum? There were bees fanning all over the bucket, and then the hive when I started dumping bees. I just finally lucked into the cluster she was in, but the search got frustrating.
2. Does anyone use a strainer / filter type device using a queen excluder to help locate queens, and what does such a device look like, and how do you use it?
I've got several cutouts coming up and want some suggestions finding the queens if I wind up vacuuming them up.
Thanks in advance!
TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.