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Marked queen’s abdomen instead of thorax

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Marked queen’s abdomen instead of thorax

Hi everyone. I’m a new beekeeper, very excited, but just doing the best I can. Now several weeks after installation, I marked the queens of my two hives today. The first queen I got paint on her wings, the second queen I marked her abdomen, not thorax. She also “played dead” after the experience for 30 or so seconds before coming to and seeming fine. I felt absolutely terrible but I insist I didn’t push that hard on the plunger. I love these bees and this is the first hiccup (read “mistake”) that I’ve made. Can anyone offer some wisdom on the problem of marking the abdomen instead of the thorax so I may learn from this error? Thanks in advance.

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