Well, it happened. . .I was out in my garden watering when all of a sudden I heard that dreaded sound. Like a bloody B52 bomber. Looked over to the hives and sure enough, there was a massive spiral of bees headed for the heavens! Waited and watched and saw the direction they were headed. After about an hour of dithering about, they came to rest on a very convenient, reachable pine tree branch about 8' off the ground (as opposed to the one that was 25' off the ground last year!). So I was able to catch and hive this bunch. My first swarm collection! I'm so proud of myself. It was a big swarm, the main bunch in the shape of a football but about 1 1/2 times the size, with smaller bunches on the surrounding branches. Took a bit of doing, but I was lucky enough to get the queen first shot and place her in the box--after that, it was pretty easy to get them to follow. Now, my question is what I do now. I'm thinking I leave them alone for at least a week and then go in to see how they're doing, right? As for the original hive, I can wait at least two--maybe three--weeks before I have to go in and make sure they have a laying queen, right? This is a perfect example of how bees will always break the rules. The queen was only one year old, I had just given them another box, I was field feeding them to simulate a honey flow. So they had a young queen, a bountiful food and water supply, and room in the hive. But they swarmed anyway. Just goes to show you!