Starting yesterday, I noticed a new bunch of bees visiting my feeders that I have on my "bait hives". I have seen them before, but in nowhere near these numbers...It would seem that they are the old German(?) black bees, and there is a large number coming from somewhere. With the exception of an occasional grayish band or two up near the thorax, their abdomens are all black, and they are about 2/3--3/4 the size of my hive bees.
Is it possible that a feral strain could have survived this long without getting most of their genes all tangled up with other breeds?