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

    Eduardo Gomes, do your Spanish Black bees continuously breed drones through the winter at a moderate rate? I had a few hives (darker bees) that did that and was surprised, because from what I heard...
  2. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Thank you for the articles Litsinger (Russ). I haven't seen those articles before.

    Nathaniel Long

    These bees around this beetle seem to have thin bands. Would they have some German Black or...
  3. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Actually I do not know anymore what these thinner ringed bees that I have are. They seem less hairy than Carniolans and more shiny, and I read here on this Romanian website that Carpathian bees are...
  4. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Wow, thank you Michael Bush. I read in a new book at a book store that there was the "M" lineage in North Carolina, Arkansas and other southeastern states, but they did not specifically claim they...
  5. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Thank you very much for the good photos Eduardo Gomes! The bands of your Spanish Black bees are not as narrow as I thought they needed to be. I have bees with similarity to yours, I think (they are...
  6. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I checked this PDF file, but I couldn't find that it says that the A. m. iberiensis is of a mix of the "A" lineage and "M" lineage.

    It does say on pages 19 and 20:

    "Some honey bees in the...
  7. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I found an article that shows taxonomy of the bees:
    https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/2803/element/7/0/apis%20mellifera%20cypria/
  8. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I thought that the Spanish black bees and German Black bees were of the same lineage as the Northwest African bees? The M lineage. The Saharan Desert separating the M lineage from the African "A"...
  9. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    I am curious to how extreme your #2 colony propolizes? When the bottom board has a summer entrance of over an inch in height these suspected caucasians I wrote about that I have had in the past made...
  10. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    It seems to me that the black bees we have that propolize a lot (suspected caucasians) are more shiny, having more contrasted whiter grey bands.

    While the more common black bees we have with...
  11. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    No, I did not mean that European bees cannot go through winters. I meant the Asian honey bees as individuals can survive freezing while an individual European bee would die before they get close to...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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:...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  25. 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...
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