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How cool he caught the queen but I have a question: Why intend to shake them in front of the box and look for the queen rather than shake them all directly into the box to get the queen? Maybe it is more assured to catch the queen and cage her, but I have never lost a swarm after I shook them all into the box.

Course, I am still not comfortable picking up a queen because I am afraid I will injure her. So there's that.
 

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How cool he caught the queen but I have a question: Why intend to shake them in front of the box and look for the queen rather than shake them all directly into the box to get the queen? Maybe it is more assured to catch the queen and cage her, but I have never lost a swarm after I shook them all into the box.

Course, I am still not comfortable picking up a queen because I am afraid I will injure her. So there's that.
I would say it was show business. More drama.
 

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there is a school of thought that if the bees go in the, in door/entrance, they tend to stay as they "choose" to walk in.
If you dump them in they have not "went into a home" so this is not their home.

So in theory they would abscond less if they went in on their own accord.

GG
 
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