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Colour of queens?


#1

31 days post cutout of a strong feral colony where I accidently killed the queen I saw a slim black queen wandering around on the front of the hive and then going back inside. I presume this is a queen the colony has raised and she was doing her orientation. Do queen bees change colour? Does a black queen mean that they might become more aggressive?


#2

Never really noticed a connection between colour and agression.

Cheers
Rob.


#3

The only traits that seem to be tied to dark colored bees are frugalness and good overwintering. Dark bees or “yellow” bees can both be quite gentle or quite ferocious…


#4

Hi Gill, I agree with @Michael_Bush & @Rmcpb, the color of the queen is immaterial, you’ll need to wait a couple of weeks to see if she successfully mates & then a few more weeks to see what the temperament of her progeny is like. Lets hope her progeny ticks all the right boxes.