|Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association
|Open the hive and find the queen
|Pull the frame with the queen out of the hive
|Come up behind the queen and
catch her by the wings
|Take a small stick that is flat on the end
(like a wooden match stick) and dip it in
model paint or fingernail polish
and put a spot on the queens thorax
Being careful not to get paint on
her eyes or wings
|Hold the queen for a little while until
the paint dries.
If you release her too soon into the hive the
bees will not recognize her pheromone
|Release the queen back onto a frame of
bees and watch to make sure
the bees accept her.
Then slip the frame back into the hive.
All done! Queen marked!
|Click on photo
for a larger
|Queen Marking with Tom Elliott
| Any color of paint can be used for marking your queens.
Commercial beekeepers use a color code for each year:
Years Ending in:
1 or 6 - White
2 or 7 - Yellow
3 or 8 - Red
4 or 9 - Green
5 or 0 - Blue
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