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The first swarm to leave is called the primary swarm. It almost always has the old queen in the swarm.

The second and following swarms are called "secondary" swarms and contain a virgin queen, with many times more than one queen in the swarm.

A hive can swarm to the point that the hive actually swarms itself to death. Which usually means that it's weakened to the point that it can not defend itself.

I also have a swarm up a tree about 40 feet. Been there two days now. :(
 

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indypartridge said:
BjornBee said:
I also have a swarm up a tree about 40 feet. Been there two days now. :(
Have you ever tried tanging them? Send your kids out with some pots and wooden spoons and have them make a racket! :)
Not sure if it will help with the swarm, but the kids would enjoy that...;)
 
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