Going into a colony that has capped swarm cells, a beekeeper will see a large numbers of bees still in the hive. The beekeeper may think that the hive has not swarmed. But the fact is, they did swarm and the queen and foragers have left. There will be no eggs and no young larvae in the hive. Removing the swarm cells and installing a new queen is the best way for a hive to quickly recover.
|This hive is seriously overcrowded. The beekeeper did a split before the hive swarmed. Photo by one of my customers.|