At our local beek meeting tonight, the speaker talked about something I had never heard of, so I looked it up when I got home. It is called a Taranov Board. It is used to create an artificial swarm. >>>>>This method produces a quantity of bees with the old queen which mimics a swarm (and can be treated as such). It is intended to have a higher proportion of 'Young' or 'nurse bees' than can be achieved by just shaking.<<<<< http://website.lineone.net/~dave.cushma ... ovswm.html I am wondering if it could be used to find a queen in a very large colony by creating a swarm, then looking through the new, smaller colony and combining them back after she is found.