I have seen references to these bees in a hand full of Threads lately. Is it really likely that this strain of bee has been able to remain intact in the environment? It seems unlikely to me, what w/ all of the other bees that we have had since we stopped importing German bees, when?, back in the early 19teens or when?
I thought that I encountered these bees back in Ohio in 1984, but I only assumed so and didn't know much about bees and beekeeping at the time. I'm sure that I mentioned them to Dr. Tew, my professor, but I don't recall his reaction. And I'm sure that I didn't verify it in any way.
How would you verify that what one thinks is a German bee actually is? Do they still exist in Germany? Do German beekeepers keep them?