Re: Moving a swarm
Is the swarm ready to move? In frames and the comb well attached. Brood to anchor them.
If you do not want to get stressed out about bees hanging around at their old home move them slowly. If that does not bother you and they are solid move them in one trip.
If you need to feed them etc. closer will pay off in the long run.
Nothing keeps 100% at a new home, most come back or move in somewhere. But yeah, the pine needles worked best for me as well.
It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
They can learn them, they just can't do them.