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Some of those colours dont work for me so I dont stay true to protocol. A lot of them seem to shed their makeup in a year.

Would you raise green bees; white, yellow, green, blue
 

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I also find the traditional colors a bit subtle to see but love the neon versions that you can get. Painters brand neon pens are $1.97 at a Wally World. Non Toxic and boy does the neon green that I have been using this year show up. Be fore warned that one has to shake the pens for a good five minutes before the first use. I curious how the neon blue will be next year.
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You've lost me................. :scratch: I've no idea what you're talking about. :s
There is a color-coded system for marking queens according to the year they emerged. For example, queens from years ending in 3 or 8 (1993, 1998, 2013 or 2018) would be marked red.
 

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I mark all of my queens with day-glow orange. I really don't care what year they are, I just want to be able to find them or know if they swarmed and I have a new queen.
 
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