Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?
I've been using fingernail polish to mark my queens. I recently learned that the nice florescent bright green paint that I've been using, is a water based polish. I thought I was going bonkers when queens that I'm sure that I had marked, were either disappearing and being superseded, or perhaps I just wasn't remembering correctly. Then I saw one of my queens with the bright green marking hanging by a thread, as it had become detached from the queen. I then saw another, that I thought I had previously marked, with only the tiniest bit of bright green paint, down between her thorax and abdomen. So now I know that my super awesome bright green choice in fingernail polish, with the perfect little brush, ain't what I cracked it up to be. I guess I'm going to have break down and consult an expert... My daughter. I can hear it now... "Oh Dad!"... "If you only knew what you were doing"! DREAD!
It's so hard any more to maintain appearances of all-powerful, all-knowing, and invincible - cool, most awesome, Dad! They already think I'm obsessed and slightly off-center because of my bees. Now I don't just want bright green polish, but I want it to stick to queen bees too... The nerve of that fingernail polish company to fall short on their testing... Don't they know there are higher purposes for their product than fingernails? Now I'm the one in a pickle!
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