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Two queens one Swarm?


#1

Assisted with catching a swarm this afternoon, question is is it possible for the swarm to contain two queen’s? I removed the small branch which they were on and we removed the bulk of the bees in a Nuc. Now bees stayed in and were happily going in the entrance but noticed another small swarm gathering back on a branch close by to the original swarm. It was removed also and we bagged it up.
Thoughts
Pictures below
Original swarm


Swarm in Nuc

Second swarm that formed


#2

Yes, actually Hilary Kearney of www.girlnextdoorhoney.com in San Diego, US, has documented (photos and video) a swarm with more than 10 queens. Most of the queens were being balled (attacked and overheated by workers) to kill them off, but they were all in the same swarm.


#3

Yes. Sometimes you find a dozen queens in a swarm.

Huber documented it in 1791.

http://www.bushfarms.com/huber.htm#MultipleQueensInSwarm


#4

Learn something new everyday.