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    Default List bees from gentle to aggressive

    There are several varieties of bees, but which ones are the most gentle, medium, and most aggresive (bad-tempered) in nature? Thoughts and experience?
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    Hungry bees are nasty.

    Queenless bees are cranky.

    Well fed queen right bees are mostly gentle.

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    I heard of a genetic strain of Apis mellifera, maintained by a university somewhere in South America, that cannot sting, the stinger is too soft to penetrate skin. Neither are they inclined to even attempt to use their sting for defense.
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    How is the South American strain for honey production?
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    I don't even think that one is available commercially. I'm getting old, I can't even remember where I heard of it from, and I'm not sure they're even still maintaining it. I guess I should try to locate recent info on it. I'm not sure, but I think I remember that they were also very difficult to maintain, as they weren't very good at maintaining themselves unless assisted by the beekeepers maintaining them. Were poor even at foraging for themselves.
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    Whisperer, South American strains are more likely to carry the Africanized gene in some level.

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    Casinoken; yes I know. I was just curious about how productive a strain like that could be. I wouldn't want to see it introduced here. Too much has happened already.
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    Here's a link to documentation concerning the creation of one such non-stinging Apis mellifera strain, similar to the one I'd heard of in South America.
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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    I wonder if the turn green when they get mad, Hulk crush beekeeper.

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    General description of species of A. Mellifera:

    http://www.barnsleybeekeepers.org.uk/species.html

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    None of the commercially available strains of bees in the us are nasty. Of course you might get hot bees of any type from different breeders in southern locations. Depending on their location.
    I've heard the cordovan are the gentlest.
    Dan

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    From gentle to mean?

    Mine...Yours.

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    Drone, queen, nurse and forager.

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    Default Re: List bees from gentle to aggressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    From gentle to mean?

    Mine...Yours.
    Agreed
    Starting at my yards the bees progressively get meaner and more worthless the further away you get!

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