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  1. #1
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    Default Best bee colour of your choice?

    The best coloured bees according to me is Egyptian honey bees- bright orange bands with one or two silvery black end bands. great look

    The second one for me is the Cordovan italians- great look with the yellow colour.

    The third one is Carniolans-Great look with the black and white bands(white bands due to the hair.

    Which bees do you think is the best with colour? please post your replies

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    I really don't know how to answer that. I have so many mutts and love them all regardless of color! I will say that an Italian golden queen is a beautiful sight, but then so are the russians, carni's etc.

    I also like those big fat green bumble bees that sound like a 747 when they fly bye!

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    I never did get an answer as to what kind of Bee is this:

    http://www.memorialspark.com/Bee/queenBox1.jpg

    not a good pic but maby someone can tell me what kind it is:} I do like the way she works and the ease of finding her in a crowd:}
    "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

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    I like Cordovans and Carniolans.
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    Italian Cordovans, though not Caucasian or Carniolan Cordovans. To me, that golden yellow is just superb.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 08-01-2008 at 07:57 PM.
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    I almost think that every honey bee has distinct markings that distinguish it from any other bee; much like,...........snowflakes. This is from observation and looking at photos of my honey bees. If I could take a photo of 100 bees from one of my hives, I'll bet I would see,...75 variations in,...color, banding, length of body, etc,. This may depend on the 'age' of the individual bee, of course.

    If you look at the myriad of insects and the VERY fine details that distinguish a species [in keying them out] it's amazing.

    What do 'Egyptian honey bees' look like?

    From an article in the June, 2008 American Bee Journal: "In our selection for queen reproduction, [survival] COLOR or uniformity receives no consideration".

    J-Bees: Your photo is,..EXTREMELY! out of focus and,..fuzzy! Is it a,..'radioactive',......bee??
    Last edited by Oldbee; 08-02-2008 at 06:45 AM.

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    The darker the better. I like black honeybees, don't know why, just do.
    "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Adam Savage

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    J-Bees: Your photo is,..EXTREMELY! out of focus and,..#%f%uzz*y**!!


    Yes it is sorry but it is the best I can do right now:{:{
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    lol i like them all of course i've only seen a few bees like you guys are talkin' about since i couldn't tell you what mine are since thier so mixed up it's not even funny but they work hard so that's all i can ask of them

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    I prefer the color of the bees that fill the most supers, swarm the least, don't succumb to mites, and control AHB.

    Having said that, this year I tried 15 cordovan italians from Koehnan's and they have not only done well, but they sure are pretty. In the heat when they beard up it is like a bright orange-yellow shimmering carpet of bees. It is almost a shame to increase ventilation and let them go back inside.

    Keith
    Last edited by Keith Benson; 08-02-2008 at 07:59 AM.
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    I like the color of the ones that survive. Lately they seem to be darker in general, but some are all the way from yellow, to striped to black.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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