Quantcast

Marked Queens in a swarm

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

trulli1 

New Bee
Joined
Feb 22, 2010
Messages
75
Reaction score
0
Location
Lordswood, Kent
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2
This is a purely out of interest couple of questions:

1. Who on this forum has captured a swarm and found the queen to be marked and not “belonging” to one of their colonies?

2. What colour was she marked and what year did you capture the swarm?
 

Haughton Honey 

Drone Bee
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
1,239
Reaction score
5
Location
South Cheshire
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
Lots of Commercial hives.......
Last season.

Green.

I don't mark my queens!
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,631
Reaction score
35
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
Not many, I would think. Most of those who mark their queens would not be so very likely to lose their own queens (and a lot of those colonies are likely have a clipped queen).

That leaves the bought-in marked (and unclipped) queens. If the colonies are successful there will likely be many more later this year and particularly next, lost by those new beeks with bees in small hives, with little idea of swarm control, or with bees for the 'fashion' of it.

Regards, RAB
 

tonybloke 

Queen Bee
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Messages
3,480
Reaction score
0
Location
Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
3 Commercial hives with National supers, Top Bee Space. + 2 Nucs
This is a purely out of interest couple of questions:

1. Who on this forum has captured a swarm and found the queen to be marked and not “belonging” to one of their colonies?

2. What colour was she marked and what year did you capture the swarm?
Me!! she was marked green (08), captured on june 2nd last year, and is still going strong!!
 

tonybloke 

Queen Bee
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Messages
3,480
Reaction score
0
Location
Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
3 Commercial hives with National supers, Top Bee Space. + 2 Nucs
I thought '08 was red and 09 green.
correct! but this queen wasn't originally marked, the owner marked it with green (what was available) in may '09. she was part of a purchased, over-wintered '08 'nuc'.
(hope that makes sense?)
 

Latest posts

Top