Why choose a marked or clipped Queen?

 

 Marking a queen means that we put a small, colored dot on her back so she is easier to spot in the hive.  Because a different color is used each year, it is also an easy way to know how old your queen is.  Many beginners find this to be helpful.  Clipping means that we clip one of her wings to prevent her from flying away.  Some things to keep in mind - workers will sometimes clean off the dot from the queen and a clipped queen can still crawl out of the hive, although this is not common.