Queen Catching & Marking Tools

If you plan to produce queen bees with any regularity, it’s essential to have some queen catching, marking, and introduction tools—including cages, marking pens, and tags—on hand. Marked queens are a smart option for the novice beekeeper: Marking makes the queen stand out clearly so she's easy to identify. We carry a wide array of queen catching tools and metal or plastic cages. Here at Betterbee, we use the California Mini Cage when prepping our queens for sale.

While you can purchase whatever color you wish, beekeepers use the following colors to track the age of their queens:

  • Years Ending in #1 & #6: White
  • Years Ending in #2 & #7: Yellow
  • Years Ending in #3 & #8: Red
  • Years Ending in #4 & #9: Green
  • Years Ending in #5 & #10: Blue
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