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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Default Dark Bees in swarm

    A swarm landed in my yard, swarm hanging on the front of a Nuc which contains another swarm caught 4 days ago. The queen was on the ground so I scooped her up and set her on the inner cover of an empty Hive. After scouted the box they escorted her in. This queen is double the size of my Carnies but the bees are on average 1/3 smaller, a lot of them are very dark. Given the location of my yard to all the others in the area I/m thinking they are Ferrel stock.
    What do you think. http://www.flickr.com/photos/6028350...1e4a045de1f80d

  2. #2
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    Mar 2012
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    Calhoun Co, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Dark Bees in swarm

    My guess (and it's only a guess) is that she mated with 1 or more "dark" drones, possibly even AMM....but the presence of the "Italian" colored bees in the swarm would lead me to believe that she herself isn't likely the source of the "dark" genetics. That said, I'm no expert on honeybee genetics...just learning what I can, when I can
    BTW, I have 2 hives from "feral" swarms that have a mix of "italian" looking and AMM looking bees; I'm hoping I may eventually be able to breed for the darker, smaller stock as I personally think they're "cool"

    Here's a pic from one of my "mixed" hives, showing both some "Italian" and some "dark" looking bees

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
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    Louisville Kentucky USA
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    Default Re: Dark Bees in swarm

    I have bees that color in every hive I own(about 35 right now) Most of the old dark(germanic) feral bees were wiped out when varroa hit many years ago.The old feral bees were mean so if these bee's are nice you can count the old feral stock out!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
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    White County, Arkansas
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    Default Re: Dark Bees in swarm

    Looks like you have a good genetic spread for a 'hopefully' healthy hive. Some of my hives are a wide color and size range and some a more narrow spread...all mellow, healthy and good producers.

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