my two year old hive swarmed for the first time today. I was able to locate the swarm and I attempted to capture it in an old Nuc box. I put some lemon grass essential oil in the box and did my best to dump the bees in the box. I would guess that about 60-70 percent of the bees landed in the box.
The bees that did not get into the box arranged themselves back in the branch they swarmed too. I cut the branch off and placed it next to the Nuc box.
Its now been about two-three hours and they seem to have made themselves very comfortable on the branch. There doesn't seem to be any signs of them moving into the box. Is this okay? should I attempt to put them in myself? None of the bees inside the box appear to be leaving the box either.