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  1. #1
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    Default my Italian queen

    I did an inspection yesterday and got a nice closeup of the queen...never noticed before...it looks like she has a number 3 or maybe a letter E on the next to last segment of her abdomen...anyone ever seen that before?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27805976@N05/7739869504/

    Lisa
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey, NH

  2. #2
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Stop branding your bees! hahaha just kidding. It could be just a weird color marking.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    The marking paint looks like it's cracking. Sometimes it comes completely off over time.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Nice fat queen!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    LOL
    I couldn't help but think it kinda looks like a "tramp stamp".

  6. #6
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Are you sure it's not a crown logo or perhaps a tiara? I mean it is the queen after all.


    C2

  7. #7
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    scorpionmain and Batman....hahaha so I either have a little tramp or a queen! I guess either works! All my other queens have been dark Carniolan crosses...and she's my first Italian...so I wasn't sure if it was just a regular marking on them....

    Lisa
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey, NH

  8. #8
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Lisa I've never seen anything like that before. I think that now I am going to have to go out to the bee yard and check all of my Italian queens, lol.

    That is cool, thanks for sharing it.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionmain View Post
    LOL
    I couldn't help but think it kinda looks like a "tramp stamp".
    Well... 15+ drones. Enough said! hahaha

  10. #10
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    Default Re: my Italian queen

    Are you sure she is Italian?
    I can't tell if she shaves her legs...

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