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  1. #1
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    Default Queen Identification

    I was finally able to locate my Queen and get a somewhat okay picture.

    I need some experienced help in identifying the breed.

    We obtained this hive from a split that another beek had made, and he gave us the hive with the new queen already installed in her queen cage.

    He went back to the individual from who he obtained the queen and asked the breed of queen for me for my notes.
    He was told one thing and I believe another.


    So what breed is she?

    Any help would be appreciated.


    Joe and Heidi S.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    She looks Italian to me.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    Try this link it might help http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/?gclid...FRghDQoduyhr9Q

    To me she strongly resembles a Cordovan
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    To me she strongly resembles a Cordovan

    Yes.
    Her head appears to be black.
    Ernie
    Ernie
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  5. #5
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    Thanks to everyone for the look. I would agree she looks like a Cordovan Italian.
    This is what I had thought.
    I was told that the Queen was a Carni. and when we found her and snapped these pictures I knew she wasn't a Carni. and I just wanted to be sure.
    This hive is extremely gentle to work, although they seem to defend the hive very well from other bees.

    Thanks again for the replys.
    Joe
    Joe and Heidi S.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    I was told that the Queen was a Carni.
    Your winter cluster is going to be a lot bigger with the Italian than the Carniolan!
    Make sure that the hive has plenty of winter stores.
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    She does look very Italian and with the brown leg showing indicates Cordovan line. However her mother could be Carni bred to Italian/Cordovan drones thus your supplier is telling you she is a Carni. Depending what she mated with you could get a broad mixture of color in her worker offspring.

    CES

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Queen Identification

    Looks a lot like one of my Queens.

    Her mother was Carni, but I think she was mated to mostly Italians. The only things that looked Carni in that hive is the Queen and the Drones.

  9. #9
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    Re: Queen Identification

    Here are some photos that I posted earlier in the year.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...t=QUEEN+PHOTOS
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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