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    Default What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    ??? They're great for keeping animals out of the garden.

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    maybe they've gone ice fishing?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    To the big pond up in the sky you mean.

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    what happened?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    what happened?
    The grumpy bees that the old timers talked about...Whatever happened to the old strains that were intolerable to work with?

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    good question. down here the old guys refer to those as 'german black bees'. they were notoriously mean like you say, but good honey producers. it is assumed that strain is apis mellifera mellifera, and some of their genes are still found among feral colonies in the eastern u.s., but for the most part they have become mixed with other strains and are now 'hybrid'.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: What happened to all the nasty mean bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpybeeman View Post
    The grumpy bees that the old timers talked about...Whatever happened to the old strains that were intolerable to work with?
    They are in Texas. I worked bee's in N Dakota last fall, we work bee's from 4 different states and the Texas bee's were hot but the also put more honey on.

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