I got a call about a swarm of bees at a local park and went to check it out. The park caretaker said they had been there for "a couple of days" that he knew of. It was so small in number that I set the box on the tailgate of my truck and examined the bees intending on showing the park caretaker the queen. I couldn't find her. I looked and looked again and never found her. I went back to the tree and they were several stragglers that I missed still on the limb but no queen. I looked all over the tree and on the ground around it but never found her majesty. When I got them home, I looked again and still no queen. I don't know how but I figure she went missing after they landed on the tree. Went back to the tree late afternoon and still only a few stragglers I missed originally. Any one ever see a swarm without a queen? I carried them to my weakest swarm I caught last week and dumped them in the far side of the hive away from the other bees. I watched them for several minutes wondering what would happen when the two different colonies met. Nothing. They crawled around, met, hesitated for a second and then went on their way checking out their new home. I had given the swarm in the box a quart of sugar water and they had barely touched it. 4 hours later after combing the swarms, it was almost 75% gone. So the new girls were hungry it seems. Maybe beefing up for the takeover, I don't know but hopefully to draw out some comb and gather some winter feed.