Last night I opened up a new hive to check it for the first time. It was swarming with hive beetle larvae.
I took out all the frames with grubs on them and transferred the 3 good frames and the bees into a nuc. When I checked them today, they had swarmed. I put the bees back into a hive with 5 new frames and crossed my fingers that they will stay at home. As I turned to go, I realized there was a lot of buzzing that wasn't coming from an agitated new hive. I looked up and saw about as many bees as I had just hived in a separate cluster hopelessly high in an adjacent tree. Is this normal for them to cluster in more than one gob? Now what? Am I screwed? Hopefully I got the queen. If I didn't, I expect they will take off to join the other cluster, wherever they end up. Any chance the other bunch will rejoin the hive if that is where the queen is?