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

    German black bees may actually be the common M lineage bee here in North Carolina, rather than what I thought it being Spanish black that were dominant of the M lineage here in North Carolina.

    Here is a colony that I suspect has a fair percentage of German black:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfDfVGVflVI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kFWgvl0jac

    It is exceptional in gentleness, and propilizes little. They are very calm on comb. They have a good percentage of bees with thin bands on the 5th tergite, yet they look kind of different from the common Tunisian like bees that we have here in North Carolina. They seem to have somewhat broad abdomens from the best I can tell, I might be wrong though! I will have to compare to Carniolan bees to make sure these are not just your ordinary Carniolan. The article about the Black bee breeder in Scotland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC5NAIHGR_A) had genetically tested almost pure A. m. mellifera that had broader bands that looked similar to Carniolan bees, so I thought these could be of a similar strain to his German black bees.

    The colony's mother is this colony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooJ4...tVmqlW&index=7
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjhY...tVmqlW&index=6

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  3. #102
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    Default Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Video of Saharan bees?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hA8s72lBZU

    Apis mellifera monticola drone. Very dark in color!
    https://beesource.com/point-of-view/...a-picture-log/

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