>I hear people talking about feral survivors, but what is the standard that seperates a feral survivor colony from some poor guy's NWCs that just swarmed a month ago and lucked up into your swarm trap, or on a branch where you found them?
Even a swarm from a swarm is noticably larger than feral bees. Bees on natural sized cells are 3mm shorter than domestic bees on 5.4mm foundaion. A swarm usually builds about 5.1mm comb. A swarm from that swarm usually builds about 4.9. A swarm from that swarm usually builds between 4.4mm and 4.85mm with most around 4.8mm or so. These bees are much smaller than a swarm from someones hive, UNLESS they have small cell bees, which almost no one does.