Queen Bee Marking

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:
 
     
 2019 = Green

See Chart Below.   e.g. In 2010 the Queen = BLUE   - 2018 = Red 


COLOUR             YEARS

White              =       1    +  6 

Yellow             =     2    +  7

Red                 =      3    +  8   

Green              =     4    +  9   

Blue                =      5    +  0 

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