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Do you have to mark and clip a drone in the practical exam


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I had to do that in torrential rain during the Bee Breeders examination. For good measure, I showed them how to evert the endophallus to extract the semen - something I'm sure they'd never seen before.
The classic approach of marking queens with a Posca pen is woefully inadequate as I regularly see numbered virgins that have left their own nuc and entered another (which is also numbered). Unless you mark virgins upon emergence, there is no way you'd know which virgin was from which line, or even whether you had a queen in the nuc at all.
 

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