Queen Marking Colours
Since honey bee colonies and hence queen honey bees can survive a number of years a system of Queen marking colours has been devised which, if followed, give an indication of the age of the Queen. The Queen is marked with a spot of paint on her thorax (between the head and abdomen) and the colour scheme is as follows:-
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The numbers are matched with the year end number.