Our farm bees are doing well - so well, in fact, that they ambitiously decided to swarm! The process starts by the development of a "queen cup," an acorn shaped cell that the workers build around an egg. The larvae is fed a protein-rich diet of "royal jelly" that activates the development of an otherwise ordinary bee into a queen. Once the queen hatches, she challenges the other queen for control of the hive and workers. In our case, several thousand bees left the hive with the losing queen, finding refuge in a branch of a nearby tree. We were able to coax the queen and her colony into a cardboard box, which was then introduced to a new empty hive.