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I ordered an Italian queen from Kelley bees, it arrived yesterday with a white dot. Is this queen really 3yrs. old? Should I be concerned?
 

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Oops! :eek: They are the same, but the mnemonics they use as a memory aid start with different years. :rolleyes:



Why not contact Kelley and ask them why the queen is marked with that color? Perhaps they use that color consistently.
 

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Ok, I just called and they said that it is a new queen but the supplier they get them from decided to mark them with white this year. So, you are right Radar, not everyone adheres to the standard colors. Kind of silly not to though.
 

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I think the Hardeman's always use white. Probably mark them when they are virgins.....and therefore the appropriate color :)
 

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I mark all mine green this year. If you are going to the trouble of marking why not use the correct color so it means something.

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We talked about white marking when I was at Kellys on Saturday. Most of the marked queens that Kelly sells, are marked green this year. However, one queen supplier marks with white, and bee de la prairie got one of those. The queen is not three years old.

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I got 10 packages from Kelleys this year. White was the only mark available. Which is not a bad idea. 4 of those went queenless, and 3 more tried to supersede the queen. 3 successfully requeened. All but one of the remaining ones I pulled the queen out and I did a recombine.. One is a drone layer that Im going to address this Friday. One queen is struggling in a nuc. When I get warmer weather, if it doesn't change, im taking a hive tool to her, or maybe keeping her in case one goes queenless
 

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We talked about white marking when I was at Kellys on Saturday. Most of the marked queens that Kelly sells, are marked green this year. However, one queen supplier marks with white, and bee de la prairie got one of those. The queen is not three years old.

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Yea, I talked to the girl at Kelley's and she said there was one supplier that only used white. I thought it would have been very odd to ship a three year old queen.
 
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