I took some video of a swarm I had yesterday.
I had just collected a large swarm from forum member gguidester a couple days ago (1 of 4 he has had in the last week!) and put it in a nuc box. Had to wait for weather to clear to install it.
When I went to my hives to install it, just as I was walking around my busy yellow hive, they began to swarm (as I had been expecting they might lately although I had worked to try to keep them there, I think it was too late).
So, the hive settled down and the swarm was 40 feet or more in the air above the clump of trees my hives are near. I decided to install the nuc swarm in a new hive while I waited to see if the current active swarm would collect somewhere.
As soon as I opened the nuc, all the bees blew out of the box and went immediately to the air and joined the other swarm (as near as I could tell). Very few bees left on the frames I had in the nuc box and it probably started out as a good 5-6 pounder or so.
Eventually all bees landed on a tree near hives. I took the new hive and put it near the tree and not sure exactly what to do just started scooping bees onto a cardboard platform I was able to wedge near the hive entrance. Eventually all the bees went in, so I assume
the queen (queens?) got in there.
Who knows. I am a beginning beekeeper and was pretty much on my own with not much of a clue as to what to do. They had settled on the main trunk of the tree, so only way to get them off was to scooop them by hand.
I am sure the experience folks will tell me all I did wrong
we'll see if they stay in the hive - doubt it. It was a great adventure anyway and fascinating to watch the swarm from beginning to end.