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  1. #1
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    Default Apis cerana japonica

    My father is gearing up to start his first hive of native Japanese bees, Apis cerana japonica.

    They are not as prolific in terms of honey production.

    I'm very curious to see how this goes. Not many of us can say that we have kept a species other than mellifera.

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    Default Re: Apis cerana japonica

    Where is he keeping these(state/country)?
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: Apis cerana japonica

    Japan.

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    Default Re: Apis cerana japonica

    I have kept bees in Saudi Arabia(Mellifera) 10 hives and in India(Cerana) 200 hives and i still keep bees in new Zealand(Mellifera) 3 hives.

    i can say that cerana does have a lot of different characteristics and some subspecies do build up as big as the mellifera and produce better than mellifera. The temperment do vary between subspecies and within each subspecies just like in mellifera.

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    Default Re: Apis cerana japonica

    Jose, what race do you keep in New Zealand? Italian? Carniolan? German Dark Bees Apis mel. mel.? I read before that New Zealand still has larger areas where the old dark bee apis mel mel is dominant. Is that the case?

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    Default Re: Apis cerana japonica

    He is sending me updates on his efforts. I will ask him to start a blog with pics. If not interested, I will see if I can post his emails here (w/ his permission).

    That is, if there is interest.

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