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I'd love to hear the acronyms others use to remember/teach the queen color strategy? These are the two I learned:

When You Requeen Get the Best
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What?! You Raise Green Bees?
 

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I found this old thread doing an Internet search for such.

I came up with:
When (white-1, 6)
You (yellow-2, 7)
Raise (red-3, 8)
Good (green-4, 9)
Bees (blue-5, 0)
 

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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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Oops! I left the red out; didn't notice it till you posted. Yep that is one I dont see very well or green either. Traffic lights a challenge! Hot Pink is ticketyboo though.

So, when a swarm shows up with a queen wearing mauve, what is the swarm catcher to think????

"Oh, those must be Crofter's bees..."

Wayne
 

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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.
Ryan
 

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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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