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  1. #1
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    Default Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    I captured a swarm the other day and the queen bee is like I've never seen before around my neck of the woods of Massachusetts. She is very dark, with gray stripes. Can anyone help classifying her? 1049114_651210608240846_501547656_o.jpg1040017_651210584907515_1594354204_o.jpg1053395_651210548240852_806905028_o.jpg

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    Default Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    I dunno, between the bad marking job and blurry pics, it's hard to tell. If I had to guess, Russian maybe.

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    Default Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    German Black/Caucasian/Carniolan just a black honey bee.

    If they aren't too evil I would graft like crazy out of her.

    If you got her with the mark on her then it's something somebody bought. Who keeps bees within a five mile radius of you? They would know they once had a black queen cause they tried to give her a bath in paint.
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    Default Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    She looks like my Russians. Carniolans look like that, too. I, too would like to know if she was marked prior to you catching her.

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    Default Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    Haha I must admit guys, the terrible marking job was done by myself. I was dealing with an old paint marker with frayed tips. But the marking job was just for the photo sessions anyhow. She'll get a proper marking today. I captured this swarm over 20 miles from my house. No previous markings on her. I will try to get better photos of her today.

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    Default Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    If they can be worked with no protection and little to no smoke. I'd graft like crazeh from her.

    As far as the marking. You're always gonna screwup some stuff it's life hehe. Next time take the marker and mark on the side of the hive body or somethin until the tip gets nearly dry so when you dot her. It's only a thin coat just enough to be solid color.

    This year is red too.
    Don't laugh it's paid for. -- Manure draws more flies than honey.

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    Thumbs Up Re: Need help classifying this queen honey bee

    Dansk farms sells a 'tiger stripe' queen bee...Very similar. I have a couple of them, they are very gentle -cross between cordovan and carniolan bees.

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