2 questions .... Was she marked when she arived, and why do you plan to pinch her ?
I don't think the carni mutt will mix too well with the cordovan.
Where can I get some of those Cordovan queens? And are they the
lighter or dark eyes Cordo queens?
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?
Hey!! How did you get my queen?!
No, just kidding. Both look nice to me, Matt.
Shame you're going to pinch her.
Was she marked when you trapped/captured them, Mbeck?
No she wasn't marked, I was going thru marking newly returned queens. The recommended Florida Best Management Practices is to requeen all swarms. I'm not interested in queens from an unknown source.
As a production queen my guess is she would work as well as anything.
Light eyes or dark eyes? I have varying degrees but most show a brownish hue where other bees are black.
Same Queen before marking.
She is of unknown origin in a State which has AHB, so the State recommendation is to requeen swarms of unknown origin, just in case. Seems wise to me.
Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/
Africanized colonies found here in NY were put down just a couple weeks ago. Nucs that came up from FL were found to be highly aggressive and unworkable after being installed into full size hives.
It's amazing how hard she was to find, my eyes are not at all used to finding such a dark queen. I have standard Italian queens but nothing this dark.
I marked her just for fun and so she's easy too find. I'll pinch her as I pull my other mated queen once my cells are ready to place.
I'm sure some will not agree but it fits my goals.
A Queen of unknown origin has no value to me. She is taking up space that I could use to raise queens to sell or assess for drone stock etc. I don't believe that the holy grail of feral (not sure I believe in ferals) genetics will chose my yard to land in or I'd recognize them if they did.
Survivor stock comes from queens that avoid my hive tool
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[QUOTE=jwcarlson;1142508]Try finding these ladies (a couple of ours):
I'd have a hard time.
They look like nice ones though.
Come to think of it maybe a couple of killer bee hives is what I need to take care of the $hIt heads that trespass on our land and think they own it. I got a suit, I am sure they don't.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
Ha ha ace, one of the local guys here got an AHB queen on accident and he loved her for that very reason, but the inspector said no and snuffed the hive