That afternoon when I got home from work, I went out to check on the new hive and found what looked like a small swarm of bees clustered on a palmetto frond next to the hive. The cluster was about the size of a cataloupe. There were bees around the top of the new hive and lots coming and going that looked like normal activity. I question whether it was a swarm from the new hive because, one, how did the queen get through the excluder, and two, there weren't that many bees. I've never seen a swarm before to know, but the pictures I've seen seemed like there were more bees. I cut the frond and shook the bees into an empty hive with some drawn out comb and some honeycomb with some capped honey in it. This morning it looked like they were still there. I opted to leave them alone for a couple of days, so I don't know yet if they settled in. The tree hive is lousy with bees, so if they swarmed, most of the bees stayed home. I left it to settle in as well, so I haven't opened it up to check, either. What are the chances that this was a separate swarm? Would a swarm be attracted to the smell of honey oozing from all the broken comb? Any ideas?