It’s been a busy start to the season.
Last week I received a call to catch a swarm but before I got there, it had returned to the hive (the owner saw it).
I inspected the hive that afternoon, found the queen and multiple queen cells, and made a split. I left the original queen with the parent hive and took all frames that I found queen cells on (doing my absolute best to find them all).
However, they swarmed again 3 days later but they also returned to the hive shortly after, again.
My thinking is that I could have accidentally missed a queen cell that didn’t cut the life support for swarming. But I’m so stuck on why the swarm returned, and twice. And is the returning swarms linked to the second swarm (post-split)?
What is the general understanding for why swarms return? Is it because the queen chooses not to leave or is unable to (e.g. injured)? I took a good look at her when I found her but didn’t see anything abnormal.
I’m not sure what’s going on in order to understand what the next best step is. I’m considering inspecting the hive again for more information but I really don’t want to disrupt them again. I haven’t heard that they’ve swarmed again.
Is there an official word for a returning swarm?
I’d love any ideas or input. Thank you. B