I picked up a small swarm yesterday from the yard of a local homeowner. Unfortunately, the day before, they had sprayed the ball with soapy water. When I got there, there were dead bees everywhere with a live ball laying in the dirt. I scooped up the remaining ball, brought it home and introduced it into a hive box. Most of them marched in but a small group remained clustered around what turned out to be a dead queen. I come out this morning to check them and they all were outside again clustered around the dead queen. I figure there is no way to save them as a viable hive. My question is; How long will they hang around the dead queen?