I think that the queen had idea to be there. If it want return to its hive, it goes to some hive and it will be killed in wrong place.
I met an interesting case last summer.
I got a swarm and it went to 15 m high pine top. I made 1,5 days work to get swarm down by cutting branches. It fell down gradually and changed place.
Finally on third morning there was an apple size swarm in the tree. It had moved to next tree. I sprayed it with water and caught the bees and the queen.
I took a queen and I put it into one mating nuc. The queen escaped and fled directly to its swarm.
What I learned?
- when swarm change the place the queen locate the scenery, where its swarm is. The queen knows exactly the place, where to go.
- That is why the swarm return to same twig again and again.
- then it change the place and acts again in same way.