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Hello All,

I've been having trouble with lame queens this year. The rear leg(s) of quite a few (about 6 at this point) do not seem to be functioning properly. They are just dragged along behind the queens. I don't know what it is, could it be that they get damaged when I mark them?


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Are the walking fine before you mark them? If so then I would venture to guess it is something you are doing. I mark most of my queens also, but I catch them by their wings and then drop a dot of paint on their thorax. I haven't seen one come up limping yet from marking.
 
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