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  1. #1
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    I purchased two queens from a local beekeeper one was yellow like I used them to see but another one was darker, almost brown. What is the difference between these two queens? Are they different race?

    Thanks, Andrey.

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    Andrey

    You wrote:
    I purchased two queens from a local beekeeper one was yellow like I used them to see but another one was darker, almost brown. What is the difference between these two queens? Are they different race?

    Reply:
    Yes and no. Bees have a spectrum of color, mongrels especially as once mixed they range from yellow to black.

    Bees follow plant genetics in breeding, so if you mix a yellow with a black strain/race, you would end up with some yellow, some black and some inbetween.

    Similar to what is called Italians which are originally from a true mixing hybridization area in Nature in the Mediterranean of lower Italy.

    So you can have yellow to middle range brownish/leather color to black range. but the darker of your two colors would be a more middle ground.

    For more information on this, pull up "Mendel" under search engines on the internet.

    Regards,

    Dee A. Lusby



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    Is it true that darker one may have batter acceptance?

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