Do feral queens ever venture out of the hive outside the context of a swarm? Maybe ousted from her hive? I swear I saw a bee on one of my corn stalks that was too big to be a regular worker, but she disappeared before I could grab my phone or anything to put her in. I was hoping I could get her to take up residence in a hive I wasn't able to get bees for (or bait). Maybe it was just an especially large worker, but I was hoping someone more experienced could shed some light.
Extremely unlikely it was a queen. They don't leave except for one mating flight when they're young or with a swarm when they're older. Even if it was a queen she wouldn't survive very long without attendant bees. Probably for the best that you weren't able to capture it.
Argue for your limitations and they are yours forever.
there is lots of great info on the internet on how to get wild bees into a box for domestication, basically build trap boxes and bait them with a drop or 2 of lemongrass oil and hang them up around an area where you see bees working
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