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Monitoring the Age of the Queen

A Queen bee with a visible white marker

Beekeepers keep track of the age of their queen by marking them. Coloured bee friendly markers are purchased and used to mark the thorax of the queen. The colours denote the year the queen was born.

The colours that are used when a queen is born in a particular year are as follows:

Blue: 2000 or 2005 White: 2001 or 2006 Yellow: 2002 or 2007

Red: 2003 or 2008 Green: 2004 or 2009

The queen is considered to be one year old in her first season, and 0 years old in the year she is born.

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