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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Ferals

    I have some I guarantee would make it. They already live in the snowy mountains around 7000-8000 ft. My bees from the desert would have a rough go at it I bet. Or maybe not, it gets pretty dang cold and windy down there too.

    I always laugh when people say "Oh it's a desert - it must be hot there?" - yes, for about 2 months, then it's back to cold and windy.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Ferals

    Hahaha We have no spring or fall it's either hot or its cold.
    Zone 5a @ 4700 ft. High Desert
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    >Mine aren't very swarmy either. Not any more than regular bees

    From observing AHB in the Caribbean and bees in New Mexico and Arizona, my guess is the bees in NM and AZ are mostly Apis mellifera Iberica. They don't swarm and abscond at the drop of a hat like the AHB do.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Ferals

    We should know soon enough. I am helping in a genetic study on them to find out what they are.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    >We should know soon enough. I am helping in a genetic study on them to find out what they are.

    Keep us posted.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #46
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    Default Re: Ferals

    Ferals are making a come back in my area. Just about my whole stock of bees is made up of feral swarms and cutouts. I havent treated this will be the fourth year. ive got some hives the mites have not even slowed down.

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