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  1. #1
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    Default How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    I have bees that were given to me last August. The two hives are doing great. Both are dark bees but not black. Is there a way to know what linage I have for sure? I would add that both are from swarms from different areas of Hampton Roads.

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Get us a good pic and I bet someone here could ID them quickly.

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Here are a couple of pics. One from each hive.
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    Last edited by bbrowncods; 02-18-2014 at 06:25 PM.

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    They look pretty Italian to me...

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    I'm guessing Italian as well.

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevtater View Post
    They look pretty Italian to me...
    Its the arm hair, isn't it?
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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    People, for reasons unknown to me, call bees that color "yellow" and the assumption would be that they are Italians.

    Here are some dark bees:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/BlackBees.jpg
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Look like "MUTTS' to me.
    I am used to 2 races of bees & that is yellow one's & black's.
    Keeps it simple that way!

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Aren't all bees mutts?

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbrowncods View Post
    Aren't all bees mutts?
    Any bees you've had for more than a season are.
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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Any bees for more than a season are mutts???

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    Quote Originally Posted by soupcan View Post
    Any bees for more than a season are mutts???
    Unless you are constantly sitting on top of your hives all the time, all it takes is one requeening to have mutts. In my albeit limited experience, colonies like to requeen themselves from a packaged or bought queen with one of their own at the first good opportunity. Since you have no control over what the virgin queen mates with (just whatever drones are in the area), odds are she's not going to be finding purebreed drones. Which means anything she lays is going to be hybrids, aka mutts.
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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    If the queen has mated wild then they are mongrels.
    I caught a small cast swarm at the end of last year which had classic italian colouring and a lovely blond queen. A few months later I could identify, without looking very hard, at least 4 different colour patterns. There were some almost black, and others that had an almost entirely yellow abdomen with just a black bottom, no banding at all. In my opinion (as well as evolutions) a more diverse genetic pool makes for a more robust colony of bees.
    Last edited by AugustC; 02-20-2014 at 03:12 AM. Reason: grammer *tut*

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    Default Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    didn't 1 of them have that prancing stallion on it's abs

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