The 2012 Field Day for new beekeepers included instruction on installing a swarm collected the prior evening. 

Brood_Frame
Select a frame of brood with open larvae from a colony and shake or brush the clinging bees into their original colony.  When the swarm is installed in a hive with open brood, their instinct to care for the young will overcome the desire to abscond.  This will also help the beekeeper determine if the new colony is queenright.  If the bees initiate queen cells on the introduced frame of larvae, there is no queen in the new hive.
 
 
open_hive
Install the frame of open brood in the box which will house the swarm.  Notice some frames temporarily removed to accommodate the swarm.  The swarm bucket with bees is behind the box.  The bucket top is loosened, but not removed and the bucket tapped on the ground to knock the bees to the bottom of the bucket prior to quickly removing the bucket lid.
 
 
installing_bee_swarm
Working rapidly, dump the bees into the opening created by temporarily removing the frames.  Do not be concerned with removing debris from the swarm capture at this time.
 
 
closing_box
Quickly close the box without installing the additional frames.
 
 
resting
Allow a few minutes for the bees to move onto the brood and frames in the box and vacate the space into which the swarm was dumped.
 
 
remove_debris
Once the bees have moved onto the frames, remove any debris from the swarm capture which was in the bucket with the bees.  This is the limb which was clipped and lowered into the bucket to collect the swarm.
 
 
install_frames
Gently install the remaining frames into the the hive.  Notice that these frames of foundation are marked with the year of installation to aid in frame rotation, an important aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for beekeepers.
 
 
installed_bee_swarm
Swarm installed and ready to close up.  The bees rapidly begin removing any debris missed by the beekeeper.  Inspect the colony within a few days to check for queen cell construction.  If you don't see queen cells, look for a laying queen.  If the swarm had a virgin queen, you will not see queen cells or a laying queen.  Give the bees another week for the new queen to mate and check back again to see if she's laying.

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