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  1. #1
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    Cool

    what black honey bees

  2. #2
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    A lot of the feral/wild bees here in North America, since Europeans first noticed them here are black. Most people surmise that they are the English black bees that the settlers brought from England or German black bees that the Dutch or some other settlers brought that swarmed and went feral.

    A lot of the encouragment of people like AI Root and Dadant led people to buy Italian bees instead.

    Some Carniolans are also black. Caucasians are also black.

  3. #3
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    Cool

    I thought hillsboro was in kansas....

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    >I thought hillsboro was in kansas....

    It is Dorthy, just fourteen miles West of where I keep my yard.

  5. #5
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    Could be Russian or an enginered strain like the Midnight bee.

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    Tim Gifford

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    And I grew up a few miles from Hillsboro, IL.

    Here are a few of them:

    Hillsboro, AL
    Hillsboro, GA
    Hillsboro, IA
    Hillsboro, IL
    Hillsboro, IN
    Hillsboro, KA
    Hillsboro, KY
    Hillsboro, MD
    Hillsboro, MO
    Hillsboro, MS
    Hillsboro, ND
    Hillsboro, NH
    Hillsboro, NM
    Hillsboro, OH
    Hillsboro, OR
    Hillsboro, TN
    Hillsboro, TX
    Hillsboro, WI
    Hillsboro, WV

    There are:
    13 states with a Houston.
    15 states with an Adams.
    16 states with a Mt. Vernon.
    17 states with a Greenwood.
    18 with a Lancaster.
    20 with a Fairview
    21 states with a Lexington.
    26 states with a Greenville.
    26 with a Fairfield.
    28 with a Jefferson.
    28 with a Lincoln.
    34 with a Springfield.
    38 with a Franklin.


  7. #7
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    Mike,
    You've got too much time on your hands. All your hives must be well settled!

    Dickm

  8. #8
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    Typically the black bees are considered to be Apis Mellifera Mellifera which are the original german black bees imported by settlers. But there are probably very few pure strains left if any. Probably the black bees that are found are mutts descended from the originals.

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    Don't frorget the Hillsborough's. The one near me is a bee's dream, eucalyptus nectar flowing like beer.

  10. #10
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    Speaking of dark bees. I don not know what breed my bees are. I've had this strain for about 7 years. They look like a hodge podge of genetics. The overall color seems dark brown. Some of the drones are very dark. A few have half brown, half almost black, abdomens with very little striping. There's even the occasional black with white stripes in there??? They make good honey and have been fairly gentle.

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    the ~ox-{ at www.singingfalls.com

  11. #11
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    Those sound like the typical feral survivors I find. But several of my hives are also ALL black with all black workers and drones except for the stripes on the workers.

    My guess is yours are a cross between the black bees and the Italians. But could also have some Carni in them.

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