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    Wink Dark Queen

    Love the colors of this queen



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    Beautiful!
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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    wow she looks huge !

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    Very nice picture +1
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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    I really could use a half dozen like her. wow!

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    Purdy! I have a few swarm queens that look similar in the "pattern" except they are not as dark. Similar markings down the midsections and rings.

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    Wow! Looks just like the queens (mother & daughter) that were raised in two of our hives. Beautiful rich brown/black coloring. Never saw any of our queens look like this before last year. Any idea if it's a particular breed, as ours are pretty much what the colony raised?

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    Queens that chilled during their growth phase turn darker than the breed usually is. So if you usually have queens in light colour, and you get a dark queen from a light coloured mother, you may have a queen that was grown up too cold. It is a possibility. So although they look nice, they may fail to buildup a strong colony and keep it going strong for a longer time. So watch closely.

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel View Post
    Queens that chilled during their growth phase turn darker than the breed usually is. So if you usually have queens in light colour, and you get a dark queen from a light coloured mother, you may have a queen that was grown up too cold.
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    I learn new things everyday, too, 'specially 'bout bees.

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    That one look like the one Laurie has.

    BH, does the cold chill affect the Cordovan queens too? I don't want her color to turn
    darker than what it is as I have some Cordovan qcs right now in the colder part of the hive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel View Post
    Queens that chilled during their growth phase turn darker than the breed usually is. So if you usually have queens in light colour, and you get a dark queen from a light coloured mother, you may have a queen that was grown up too cold. It is a possibility. So although they look nice, they may fail to buildup a strong colony and keep it going strong for a longer time. So watch closely.
    update: I have mutt bees, I bought extremely dark bees from one supplier claiming it was Russian Stock and unknown breed bees from another supplier which looked like typical Italians. Why it's so dark I'll never know but I do know it's pumping out eggs like crazy in a textbook pattern, the hive is extremely gentle and average productive, it's definitely a keeper!

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    Very pretty queen!
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