2010 Queen Bee of the Year
A very large and productive Russian/Italian hybrid queen bee, Apis mellifera, about 8 weeks old, bred at the Roseville apiary. The blue dot marking her back is starting to peel off a little. It is from a non-toxic, latex paint stick. The color blue denotes birth of the queen in a year ending in 5 or 0. Her recently-laid eggs are visible in several cells at the top of the picture.