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Hi,
My bees swarmed yesterday, right into the closest tree. I think it was because they didn't like going up into the empty super I had put on about two weeks ago. It only had starter strips and I didn't pull up any of the frames. Anyway, as we prepared to get them down from the tree and into a hive box they apparently didn't like all the activity, took to the air, and off they went in a huff. That was yesterday. Today my hive swarmed again, into the same tree. But then, after about an hour they all went back home. The whole crowd was patiently standing in front of the entrance, fanning, slowly, slowly taking turns in walking back in. No pushing or shoving. just very calmly. Everything is back to as it was. But a bunch of dead drones on the gound in front of the hive. Did they change their mind? Did they forget something? Can anybody guesswhat was going on? Should I do something?
 

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one of two things happened

1. the swarm did take off and you did not see it, and the bees in front are new bees on the orientaion flight

2. they forgot the queen, or the queen did not make it. Maybe got injured or killed, or eaten by a bug or bird

The second swarm is called an after swarm. The first is with the original queen, and the second and so forth is with hatching swarm cells until the last swarm cell hatches. If you want to control this, get into the hive, ensure you have a queen and knock down the swarm cells. If you do not know if you have a queen, you might want to keep one cell. But then you run the risk of swarming again.
 

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The story keeps unfolding. Now, late afternoon, some hours after the swarm moved back in, what looks like hundreds of drones hover in front of the hive, go in, come back out, making lots of noise. They seem very agitated. Are they visiting a virgin queen inside the hive? Are they part of my colony?
 

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>>I think it was because they didn't like going up into the empty super I had put on about two weeks ago.<<

A empty super would not change their mind. Sorry I can't answer about your drone bees, it's
possible they're getting all excited...LOL

Looks like you lost the first swarm...the second afterswarm with vergin queen
is usually smaller and went home for some reason. Last year one of my hive swarmed, settled
down on a tree, when I went to collect it, they took off into thin air,...about 15 min. later they came back to their home.
After the next couple of day's I collected about 3 afterswarms.

First swarm settling down..
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/fruitnut_/Honeybee/IMG_7161_1_1_1.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/fruitnut_/Honeybee/IMG_7185_1_1.jpg

taking off..
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/fruitnut_/Honeybee/IMG_7188_1_1.jpg

coming home..
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/fruitnut_/Honeybee/IMG_7189_1_1.jpg

Konrad
 
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