I went out to install a SHB trap on Tues. May 5, 2009. As I approached the hive I saw a swarm in progress and watched them land 50' in a tree above the hive. As I did not have access to capture them I placed a 5 frame nuc close by in a tree with 1 drawn comb and some lemongrass oil. They decided to leave the next morning and chose not to use the nuc.
I checked the hive they left which had 1 deep & 1 med for brood which they had completely drawn with pollen, nectar, and honey. I added another medium super a week before they swarmed which they were crawling all over but had not drawn any comb so there was plenty of room for the queen prior to her exit. As I pulled several frames in the deep brood I saw 2 frames that had queen cells hanging from the bottom. I spoke with a local beekeeper who suggested I take 1 of the frames with a set of queen cells and put them in the nuc, which I did and replaced the missing frame with an empty one.
I checked the hive again on Thurs. May 7, 2009 and found a queen walking around on a frame in the medium brood box. I could not see any eggs or larvae, but there was still a good bit of capped brood. I am thinking all is good, But today I made another check for eggs and could not find any eggs and allot less capped brood than on Thurs. inspection.
Hopefully the queen was out today on a mating flight. Its possible she could have swarmed as there seemed to be less bees in the hive, but the weather was very nice today and they may have sent most of the foragers out?
I am not sure what to be looking for now. When & how often should I check to see if I have a queen? The bees were very calm today and I didn't hear a loud buzzing like the nuc is doing, which I know doesn't have a queen yet. Not sure how the swarm is going to effect getting any honey this year.
Thanks for all or any advice,