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  1. #1
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    Default Cell cup color

    What is your favorite cell cup color and why? Before I jump into it I'd like to hear some thoughts and reasons.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Cell cup color

    I like blue cause I got them cheapest. Heehehe, honestly don't have a clue, but sure hope bees don't hate blue. Curious to hear what the guys with experience say.
    Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 5 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet

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    Default Re: Cell cup color

    The bees don't care but beekeepers might. The amber ones are hardest to see the larvae in. Smoke the best. We usually use different colors to designate different breeders.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Cell cup color

    We like the smoke colored cause you can see the royal jelly amount.

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    Default Re: Cell cup color

    I've bought smoke, blue, amber, green.... I primarily use the smoke, as list above. It's translucent enough that you can see the royal jelly, and I like the contrast between the larva on the color of the bottom of the cup.

    But, it really doesn't matter from the bee's stand point.
    Solo for the last 4 Years, ~60 Hives, TF + Oils.
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    Default Re: Cell cup color

    I like using a mixture of colors, on each cell bar. I also enjoy looking at bright colors, in patterns. I assemble my cell bars, with repeating patterns of two or three colors, on each bar. It just looks nice, to me, and is easier to remember, which cell I last deposited a larva in, when I'm grafting.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 01-11-2014 at 08:39 AM.
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