Of all the things to happen... I went out to check my Flower hive, the one I caught and placed straight into a 10 frame deep on Sept.21st. The one I put a super on two weeks ago (4 weeks from first setting it up) because it was chuck full o'bees. The one that apparently SWARMED toward the end of last week (week 5). My daughter and I thought the bees were just taking advantage of a break in the rain (as it had been for several days straight) for a little while and many were out climbing about for a quick flight. There are still "lots" of bees in the hive, but not nearly as many. As Iddee taught me, approximately 6 of the 11 spaces were filled. I didn't pull any frames except the outside one and it was very heavy with honey. So I guess they're okay food-wise. I left the super on, but it was pretty much being ignored. Did the bees swarm as soon as the new queen was born? How long before the new queen mates and starts laying eggs? Next, silly question but with a little info...before I brought bees to my neighborhood, we saw almost NO bees at all. It's something my neighbor and I discussed because our gardens weren't being fertilized over the last couple years. (Melons and cukes were complete washouts, tomatoes and peppers were sparse.) What was fertilized looked to be from various wasps. What is the likelihood that the drones from my other hive are almost the only ones around? How far will the queen fly for mating? I so wasn't ready for this.