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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 28th June 2017

Photo: Margaret Cowley – Marking the queen

If you split your most advanced colonies, then you will have some new queens. Once they have returned from their mating flights and are laying eggs, mark them with this year’s colour. Then you will know if the colony ever replaces her.

A Crown of Thorns queen marking cage is an easy way to mark a queen. It is easier if the queen is on soft new comb but not essential. Press the crown down gently until she is held still. Use paint or felt tips sold specially for queen marking (others may have toxic solvents). The wood and wire cages are much better than the plastic ones!

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