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  1. #1
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    May 2013
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    Manchester, NH, USA
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    Default Carniolan Queen from an Italian or hybrid mother?

    I removed a few frames with Queen cells and moved them to a Nuc box to start a new hive. Much to my surprise, the newly hatched queen is black in color?

    Any theories?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Great Falls Montana
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    Default Re: Carniolan Queen from an Italian or hybrid mother?

    All those female bees have fathers and grandfathers who come from all directions to the DCA. I like dark queens. Send her to me.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lincolnton, NC
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    Default Re: Carniolan Queen from an Italian or hybrid mother?

    I've had one dark queen: it was one of the best hives I've ever had. I regularly have about 1/8 dark workers in hives. I assume it is leftover German bee genetics, but I really don't know.

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