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Bee Colors

Queen Bee Color Codes

Queen Wing Clipping Code

Year ending in a:

Use color code

0 or 5 blue
1 or 6 white (gray)
2 or 7 yellow
3 or 8 red
4 or 9 green


Clip wing
Even Right
Odd Left
Our first Midnite queen arrived and she was marked white. I called Draper Super Bee and inquired why she was not marked blue. They replied that they always use white. Drapers does not follow a queen marking color code convention. Since the bees were subcontracted to York Bee, I assume they do not follow the color code convention either. This was later confirmed when we received two Starline queens from York Bee and they were both marked yellow.