I’ve read and seen online about a swarm moving into an already occupied weak hive but never thought I would witness one myself. On Monday I was preparing lunch for the kids and looked out the window into the backyard and saw a swarm moving about in my yard. Looked at the main apiary and didn’t notice any hive swarming, so it could have been from somewhere else. Anyways, after a while I see them all landing on an already occupied hive that’s pretty weak but queenright.
I suited up and ran out there with a queen catcher and my camera. Spotted the queen running around but since they were already moving in I didn’t bother caging her.
I just sat there watching her run around. She’s a dark queen. I don’t think I have any queens this dark from any of my other hives unless this was a new queen that emerged recently.
And below is the queen making her way into the hive entrance.
A few more steps and she’s in.
Home sweet home. All the bees are fanning calling everyone to their new home.