3.2.1.4. Hive and colony identification

Multiple types of hive/colony identification are recommended. It is recommended to use an identification number on the bottom board that combines the colony number, hive position in the apiary and number of the queen. Hive identification is complex and can cause problems if the test is long lasting. Clearly identified colonies are the basis for successful test processing. Identification of the queen is not reliable, since queen tags can be removed and an unmarked queen is not easily recognized. Queen identification is, however, useful as an additional ID system.

Frequently used hive identifications: