Some of my colonies have replaced their queens this spring due to swarming or splits and I have a question about the color of the new queens and what that may indicate as far as strains.
The mother queens of these colonies were last years swarms and were the golden colored, Italian type...they looked very similar to my Minn Hygenic queens. The new queens are a completely different shade.... the abdomens are darker, kind of a deep carmel or bronze color and they have the dark thorax.
I know it may be impossible to "guess" what strain this could represent, but I'll be open to anyone with experience with a variety of queens to take a stab at it.
It doesn't really matter what their genetic background may be as long as they perform, but I am curious just the same.
To everything there is a season....