The queen i found with (what I'm calling swarm maybe incorrectly) was marked so i know she was my original queen. Also i removed all queen cells because a friend said i should. Hopefully i didn't make a mistake..... Would the queen that left the original hive return there? Does a virgin queen look different until she mates? should i order new queens for both hives.?
Thank you for your replies, woody
Removing queen cells once they are developed past the cup stage (have eggs or larvae in them) can be problematic. The old queen will often swarm out of the hive BEFORE the replacement queens hatch, removing them can leave the hive queenless. So unless you are fortunate enough to capture the swarm with the old queen removing queen cells is a very bad idea. It is tantamount to tossing the baby out with the bath water.
I've known of cases, personal experience, where the old queen swarms before the replacement cells have even been capped.
Best advise: Never Ever destroy queen cells. Use them to make nucs and recombine if necessary but don't destroy them. Destroying almost guarantees a queenless hive.
Also a point of information: If a swarm lands near its point of origin it is almost always a very short period of "taking stock" before moving to a predetermined site. If the bees had already decided on a new home the only way to have kept them in the box was using an excluder between the hive body and the bottom board as an includer--inprisoning the queen. 2nd best is to hive them into a hive with a frame of mixed brood. In your instance they had a home already selected and they preferred it to the alternative to provided, happens often.