German Black Bees
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?
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet