Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Has anyone experience with black bees? These girls are totally black. I've seen the pics on Bush Farms And they have some banding. As far as I can tell these do not. Red Insect Membrane-winged insect Pest Bee
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,943 Posts
Not German Blacks . I used to keep Blacks a few years still have some of their genetics in my stock. German Blacks are black with thin brown bands. What you are seeing are either a Russian x Carniolan or a Caucasian x Carniolan. Sorry for the stutter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,004 Posts
The bees in the waterer are "Italians". The black bees are a color phase caused by mixed breeding. Black bees in Italian colonies can also be caused by an infection of Chronic Bee Parlaysis Virus, which in one form causes the bees to lose their hair, making them appear shiny black or greasy.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top