Re: Do Bees Change Color
The yellow bees will never change to the orange bees. Certainly the
Italians cannot change to a complete jet black bee. It is like asking the
orange bee to change back to the yellow bee which is too far out impossible.
I've noticed that in my yellow hive there are certain jet black bees. I also know that 95% of my local genetics are the carnis influence from the bee association. And a hive this late in the season will accept any forager that bring back the goodies. This include the strangler bees which is from a nearby carnis hive out there somewhere. So from time to time I will see these healthy jet black and grey stripes carnis bees inside my yellow hives exactly the way you observed it. I'll bet there is a local carnis hive somewhere not too far from your hives.
In absent of a DNA analysis, I just label the yellow bees as Italians and the grey bees as either carnis or Russians. So if people tell me there are such bees as Golden carnis, I will be very confused indeed as we differentiate the bees by their color most of the time. When was the last time you've seen a jet black Italians? Golden carnis are mutts to me!
Certainly I cannot label my bees as the:
Originally Posted by jlw35
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?