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  1. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    Same with the several colonies we have that I think have good percentage of Caucasian, all the cappings are "wet". :) Still they are not full Caucasians because of lighter coloration mixed in the...
  2. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    People do not commonly know this, but as it gets colder it tends to get dryer, so less snow when winter gets colder. So more snow does not actually mean that it is a colder climate, it could mean...
  3. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    It could be that we have Carpathians, and Ukrainian bees here in the US, also, along with the Carniolan bees. That would make things more complicated on identifying which is which, them being...
  4. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    Wow, that is a lot of good information GregV. Thank you for clearing the mystery about A. m. remipes. I always assumed A. m. remipes was a synonym of the A. m. armeniaca or of A. m. caucasia...
  5. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    This picture of German black bees may give an idea on how the hairs on the drone of Caucasian bee thorax would be different from drones of Carniolan bees:...
  6. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    You are not talking about the Iranian bees (Apis mellifera meda) are you? As you go away from the Black sea the winters get colder temperatures and dryer. I thought that was where the Armenian bees...
  7. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Also, maybe the Asian honey bees disengage their flight muscles to their wings and vibrate their flight muscles to warm their bodies up in cold weather. I heard about bumbles doing this, and so...
  8. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Here on this website about Tropilaelaps mites it says that to ship bees infected with Tropilaelaps to places not yet infected with Tropilaelaps you send them as package bees and the Tropilaelaps die...
  9. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    Hmm... I have heard that about the wet cappings for the Caucasian bees. I will pay closer attention to that when I breed our colonies, so that I might find them consistently doing more wet cappings...
  10. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    Aha!! That is what I suspected GregV. Everybody says Caucasian bees are from a cold winter area, but from what I found on the Koppen Climate Classification system is that where the Caucasian bees...
  11. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Very funny hugane! Honey is what finances our pet bees! That is very true!

    Honey is not the only way of making money with honey bees, ...though 33-44 lbs of surplus honey annually from each...
  12. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    Yes, I have noticed our suspected Caucasian bees propolize a whole lot more than other bees. They will make a curtain of propolis at the entrance which I love. I have noticed that the suspected...
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    Re: North Carolina

    Piedmont North Carolina (Wake County, Granville County, Franklin County.).

    Sourwood first bloom observed in late May the couple years I have been watching carefully, though most bloom during...
  14. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    It might be that it is the Russian-Korean haplotype varroa mite that is causing those Apis cerana in Nepal to die off. From what I read the Korean (Russian) haplotype of Varroa destructor are the...
  15. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Yes, I wondered also if the A. cerana cerana in the western side of the Himalayas were different from the ones on the eastern side, too.

    Actually the bees with Carniolan traits that I have...
  16. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    In this article it says that in China the Asian honey bees yield on average 15 to 20 KG of honey annually:...
  17. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Agreed. Going out for cleansing flights probably do not have to sustain themselves very long at that cold temperature since they are going right back into the hive afterwards. I think there must be...
  18. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Hmm... that is different from what I have heard about Asian honey bees. You are the first I can remember saying that Asian honey bees are aggressive compared to A. mellifera. It might be that your...
  19. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Video of Asian honey bees in an apiary in Khabarovsk, Siberia:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG2rcJpfzWo

    They are dark with stunning white bands. I think in the video he also showed a hive of...
  20. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Distinguishing between the Western (A. mellifera) and Asian (A. cerana) honey bees.
    http://m.blog.daum.net/kwonst011/12403287?tp_nil_a=1
  21. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Well, actually, on that website (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/Apis_cerana.htm), it sounds like they are trying to raise European honey bees in the tropics of Southeast Asia. I'm...
  22. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    One good thing is that the A. cerana hives, being smaller, would be lighter than A. mellifera colonies, and so easier to move. And there are ways to manage bees without much actual management, just...
  23. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    That is true from what I read about cross breeding A. mellilfera and A. cerana. I read that A. cerana and A. mellifera were artificially inseminated without success. Some people even guessed that...
  24. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    And may I ask what subspecies they brought in to the US to test? If you bring in African bees to the temperate parts of the US, would they thrive? I do not think they would. Or vice versa, bring...
  25. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    If kept differently from the way beekeepers do now in the US, the Asian honey bee may not be much inferior at all to the European honey bees. As the Japanese man in this article...
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