I just caught a lovely fat swarm this afternoon- off a rosebush (swarms LOVE rose bushes- it’s the 5th I’ve caught this year off one). I have a single brood hive that seems to be queenless- though there is a chance it has a freshly mated and/or virgin queen. As it has had no brood for quite a while it’s packed with honey, nectar and bee bread. Still has quite a few bees in it- but I can’t see a single egg. I was expecting to see eggs maybe a week ago.
How can I combine the two? Newspaper method? The problem is I want to keep the existing hive as a single brood hive. I also want to take advantage of the swarms comb building abilities.
Edit: thinking about how swarms love rosebushes- I wonder if you could use leaves off one as a swarm lure if you were short of lemongrass. Over 30% of swarms I caught this year were on a rose bush - there must be something there that attracts the queen. I wonder if bees like rose water?