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  1. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Now I am leaning more towards Tunisian bees for the thin banded bees that we have, though we may have all three, German black and Spanish black and Tunisian bees for all I know!

    Here is a video...
  2. Benefit to Nadiring (Natural Swarm Control?)

    I don't know if this is known already or not, but I think that comb from the year before is a trigger to swarm for old queens. Freshly mated queens take to old or not freshly drawn comb just fine...
  3. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Okay. Eduardo Gomez's Spanish Black bees have thicker bands and smaller, rounder abdomens than other typical Spanish Black bees. It makes them more similar in general appearance to our commonly...
  4. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Well, I don't think we have a typical suite of characteristics. Our bees here are a mixture of different "suites of characteristics" from what I have seen and can tell. Many I have seen come with a...
  5. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    That is nice! Where in southern Spain were you? You might have had a mixture of Apis mellifera intermissa. There are some A. m. intermissa mixture in the southern tip of Spain.

    I use a 3 layer...
  6. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I have thought about that, too! Similar to "phenotype" verses "genotype". But if I understand you correctly with the crossbreeding of the different subspecies of honeybees, one subspecies can take...
  7. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Here, I have got a few videos of the thinner banded bees that we have in our colonies here in North Carolina:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJwaUrGD8UU

    The darker haired drone colony with the...
  8. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Video of a dark thorax haired drone. I even have a colony that has mostly, if not all, dark haired drones (I will try to get video of that colony's drones). The worker bees and queen don't look...
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    Re: Dark colony of bees (Carniolan?)

    Yes, it is hard to tell between the subspecies, especially if they are the same colour. The different subspecies of honeybees are very similar in looks.

    Did your Caucasian drones have dark...
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    Re: Dark colony of bees (Carniolan?)

    Thank you. I will see how rapidly this colony builds up this Spring (probably started already since we have an early Spring in the South). Carniolans are known to build up rapidly, from a small...
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    Dark colony of bees (Carniolan?)

    Here is a video of a colony of mostly dark bees. They propolize little and are wide banded, so I was thinking that they were Carniolan, or maybe even Carpathian or Ukrainian bees:...
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    Re: Is backyard beehive feasible?

    I avoid putting bees near people, except farmers which like the bees. I have had to move bee hives because they would swarm around neighbor's pools and frighten them. I think bees actually do guard...
  13. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    My eyes get strained from reading on the computer screen. I was hoping that you could give me a quick answer.

    I have noticed with my bees that the nectar flow in February from the Red maples will...
  14. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Thank you for the information msl. Were these emergency queen cells reared during the time that other colonies in the same location were making swarm cells? I found that without a good nectar flow...
  15. Re: Top-bar hive flipped over by the wind! (January 8th, Wake Forest, NC)

    I don't know for certain. But, as ifixoldhouses said above, we did get unusual winds the night before. I did not think the winds were strong enough to flip a hive, but on the edge of a forest the...
  16. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    The convenience of the beekeeper is important, too. I don't know how emergency queen cells are different from the other ways of starting queen cells. Except that the timing of queen rearing may be...
  17. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    I think I like this Cloak Board method of rearing queens. The queen excluder may keep the queen cells that were started from being torn down during the dearth (of course I would still feed thick...
  18. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Ah! So people do use this method of queen cell starting like I was using. I have not paid attention or read carefully about the grafting way of rearing queens, so I did not know. I had thought...
  19. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    I don't know if you understand, JWPalmer. You can get quite a lot of queen cells from this method. Actually I thought that you would get more queen cells than a queenless cell building colony since...
  20. Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Hello. I am Nathaniel from North Carolina, and I have been raising bees for about 3-4 years. A few years ago I found out that I could take out a frame of eggs and young larvae out of a hive during...
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    Honey vs Sugar for Tooth Decay

    I have recently read in a book (Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction by Sebastian G. B. Amyes) that honey kills bacteria that cause cavities in the mouth. And that sugar does the opposite, and...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Comb being built in January?! Here in North Carolina? Wow. Our hives here in Wake Forest have been keeping a moderate amount of drones through this Winter, but I have not noticed any comb being...
  23. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Yes, Juhani Lunden, I have read that in reality the true/pure German black bees are actually a gentle bee. Not aggressive as what people commonly believe. I have suspected that the German black...
  24. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Litsinger (Russ) has showed me an article about "German black bees" in California:
    https://archive.org/stream/surveyofbeekeepi297vans/surveyofbeekeepi297vans_djvu.txt
    "German. — The German bees are...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    It may be that your colony was in the process of re-queening, but they have balled the virgin queen after coming back from her flight. It is odd to me that this has happened to you during December,...
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