Drones are also very nice subject to practise grabbing on. Grab with left hands thumb and forefinger. Let the abdomen rest on the middle finger. Now you have the drone in place for marking. When you practised this and are confidently with the handling you can expand this to handling the queen for marking. Please no gloves when doing this your sensitive feeling will get lost.
Whops she slipped away
just close the hive and she will return. If you want to mark a caged queen take her indoor and be sure windows are closed. Then she will end up there if she is escaping your handling and you can grab her again. It is a good idea to mark your queens, and then you are in no doubt if superseded. And the queen is much more easy to spot. Instead of looking for a bee you just look for a colour spot.
Jorn, that is intersting. Thank you. I had experience last summer of getting pretty good about catching bees, without harming them. My sister had a very sore knee, she thought that she might be getting arthritis in it. So we were doing some bee venom therapy. By the end of the month or so (she finally did not want any more stings cause she could not stand the itchiness anymore), I was actually really good at catching them. My biggest problem with so many times I only grabbed one wing and the bee flipped around and stung my fingers. This happened quite a few times. They can flip around so quickly, that before you know it they have their stinger everted and in your skin. Oh well, I don't mind the stings and I am sure they do nothing but good for me.
I bet the drones would indeed be perfect specimens to practice further on, and I think that I will do that. I think that marking the queen is an excellent idea. When I get any queens henceforth, marking will be something that I will do, without question. Good advice and I am grateful for it. Thanks, have an awesome day. Cindi