HOG BAY APIARY

QUEEN BEE BREEDERS


Queen and attendants in introduction cage



Queen mating hives

There are specialist queen breeders on Kangaroo Island producing pure mated Ligurian queens for sale in Australia and for export. We breed replacement queens from our top producing hives but in order to maintain genetic diversity we also purchase queens from one of the specialist breeders.



QUEEN BEES

Breeding of queen bees for export has been conducted for many years on Kangaroo Island. However Hog Bay Apiary is fully occupied with honey production and we only breed queen bees for our own hives.


Each queen bee is marked with the international color of the year.

Year ending in

1 or 6, e.g. 2001, 2006, 2011

White

2 or 7, e.g. 2002, 2007, 2012

Yellow

3 or 8, e.g. 2003, 2008, 2013

Red

4 or 9, e.g. 2004, 2009, 2014

Green

5 or 0, e.g. 2005, 2010, 2015

Blue


The queen is marked by touching an applicator of non-toxic colour to her thorax. Properly applied, the colour will remain in place for the life of the queen, enabling her to be quickly distinguished from the other bees in the hive.






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