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I decided to move a Nuc because of the ant invasion on it. It had a virgin queen in it as of Sunday, and late Sunday night, I moved it over next to the other hives on the new stand. Monday the queen was in the new location as i saw her. Put grass and leaves in front of the hive so they would re-orient. It rained bigtime all day yesterday.......Well today i was up working another hive and noticed a few bees flying near the old location. I had an empty Nuc, so I placed it where the old one was and put a drop of LGO on the landing baord in case it was scouts. About 30 minutes later, there was about 50 bees. Went and cooked dinner and went back up there about an hr later and pulled the top....it was a swarm....Sweet. Here is where i am confused.

Since it was in the old location, i decided to look for the queen in the Nuc i moved. I couldnt find her. But there was about 2 lbs of bees in the the new swarm Nuc, and the other hive isnt missing any that i could tell....and i couldnt find the queen in the old Nuc....so what happened here? When the queen went out to mate, did she return to the old location after being in the new location for a couple of days? ? If she did indeed return to the old location, where the heck did all the bees come from? They were fanning big time about 7 tonight...butts up......has anyone taught them to read our books yet?
 

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I decided to move a Nuc because of the ant invasion on it. It had a virgin queen in it as of Sunday, and late Sunday night, I moved it over next to the other hives on the new stand. Monday the queen was in the new location as i saw her. Put grass and leaves in front of the hive so they would re-orient. It rained bigtime all day yesterday.......Well today i was up working another hive and noticed a few bees flying near the old location. I had an empty Nuc, so I placed it where the old one was and put a drop of LGO on the landing baord in case it was scouts. About 30 minutes later, there was about 50 bees. Went and cooked dinner and went back up there about an hr later and pulled the top....it was a swarm....Sweet. Here is where i am confused.

Since it was in the old location, i decided to look for the queen in the Nuc i moved. I couldnt find her. But there was about 2 lbs of bees in the the new swarm Nuc, and the other hive isnt missing any that i could tell....and i couldnt find the queen in the old Nuc....so what happened here? When the queen went out to mate, did she return to the old location after being in the new location for a couple of days? ? If she did indeed return to the old location, where the heck did all the bees come from? They were fanning big time about 7 tonight...butts up......has anyone taught them to read our books yet?
Take a look at this link. I thank you will like it.
http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1149/
 

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I went back up today to check the Nuc and the queen and bees were still in there working hard. I checked the other Nuc and it was still queenless. I am guessing that the queen didnt re-orient when she went on her mating flight and came back to the origional Nuc Location instead of the new location. I am still confused as to how she had a bout a 2lb bee following though....
 
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