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Hi,
I watched, today, as one of my hives swarmed. Fortunately, they landed in a tree top about 20 feet up and I was able to capture it and put it into a box. The box has a queen excluder on it to prevent the swarm from leaving and I see bees going in and out of the box so I can assume that they are accepting the box.
However, the hive that the swarm originating from has a softball sized ball of bees hanging out under the bottom board.
Are they going to swarm again?
Could it be bees from the original swarm? Should I do anything?
Thanks in advance!
 

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It certainly is possible that the parent hive can issue more than one swarm. The succeeding swarms are often called secondary swarms or afterswarms.

"Should" you do something is a question that has multiple answers. :)

If you are of a mind to have more hives, you may be able to move a frame with a capped queen cell with more frames/bees to a new hive in a split. More info:

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm
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http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
 

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check in ten days for eggs in either box. If you can give eggs to either box; a queen less colony would likely generate QC's.

a new queen might need to mate, sounds like maybe a secondary swarm under the hive with a virgin queen.
 
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