CHESHIRE BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION

Apes curamus et nos curant (We look after bees and they look after us)
Founded 1899
Registered Charity No. 227494
We've been buzzing over 100 years 1899-2014

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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YellowRedGreenBlueWhite

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BeWarnedYouRequireGloves
Blue White Yellow Red Green
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56789

The numbers are matched with the year end number.

2008 Cheshire Beekeepers' Association