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Schott's Miscellany 20 May 2009

Levi Strauss patented copper-riveted jeans (U.S. patent #139,121) (1873)


Around the world, apiculturists (beekeepers) employ a series of color codes to identify queen bees and indicate their ages. A smudge of harmless quick-drying paint is applied to the thorax of the queen bee so that she stands out within the hive's population. It seems that the origin of this color coding derives from the work of the Nobel Laureate Austrian zoologist Karl Von Frisch, who researched the language, orientation, and direction-finding of bees--as well as their senses of hearing, smell, and taste. The queen bee color-coding system operates as follows:

Colorlast digit of yearexamplemnemonic
White1 or 62006/2011Will
Yellow2 or 72007/2012You
Red3 or 82008/2013Raise
Green4 or 92009/2014Good
Blue5 or 02010/2015Bees?

(A number of beekeeping journals change their jacket color annually to match.)

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