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I was moving a swarm I trapped into a full sized hive. I spotted the queen. Hard to miss. Green dot.
So much for swarm management a la beemandan. :rolleyes:
 

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Holy cats Dan, same swarm management concept here. She took off a week ago and made good time to get all the way to Athens that quick! Can you get her a bus ticket and send her back home? LOL
 

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Truth be told I know that most of the swarms I trap are from my own hives. Also, I actually think that my swarm management is improving. Two years ago I caught 18. Last year 10. So far this year 4. All the same, when I saw that green mark…..I said bad things.
 

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Truth be told I know that most of the swarms I trap are from my own hives. Also, I actually think that my swarm management is improving. Two years ago I caught 18. Last year 10. So far this year 4. All the same, when I saw that green mark…..I said bad things.
Yeah, I hate throwing swarms! Drawn comb is a beekeepers best friend and I still need alot more!
 

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That's the only reason I'd consider marking a queen. Sometimes it's difficult to tell which hive they've come from, or if they're feral bee's. Marking kind of solves that issue.
 

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I recently had a newly mated queen decide she wanted to move. I think she ended up in my swarm box, so I have left it alone for 5+ days to get them established before moving them. Yesterday, no bees sighted. What the heck! I may be better off not having her genetics around. I think it is responsible to have swarm traps around to catch your own swarms. Keeps things friendlier with the neighbors.
 

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It's easier than trying to get them out of the trees so just think of it as your Integrated Swarm Management (ISM).
 

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That's the only reason I'd consider marking a queen. Sometimes it's difficult to tell which hive they've come from, or if they're feral bee's. Marking kind of solves that issue.
Another reason, in my opinion. I have a four year old queen in one of my hives. I wouldn't know that without her being marked.
 

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I've never had a 4 yr. old queen that still had paint on her thorax. I'd refer to notes in that case.
I'm not sure what notes you are referring to. I have had several queens last into their fourth year.....marks intact. I've never had one go to five.
More often than not my queens will have swarmed before their fourth year but occasionally they haven't or I've caught the swarm.
 

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Notes don't identify a queen, just records one was present. I started marking so I can tell if the queen is the original queen I noted or had been superseded/swarmed. Also started clipping in case the mark "wore" off and/or to help increase the probability I might retrieve the swarm if she did swarm.
 
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