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I was thinking about adding some different bees just to see how they are. Thought about adding some Carniolan, or some Buckfast. I have Italians currently. Then I thought if I added something different, I would need at least two hives of the new bees so I could move resources if need be Then I thought well wouldn’t they all just intermingle anyway? So can you keep different kinds in the same yard and have some kind of “purity “? I get that my bees may already be mutts, but I bought them as Italians so that is what I call them.
 

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If you rear your own queens or allow them to supered, the resulting workers would be a mix of the drones available.
 

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well, I keep mellifera ,cerena and trigona (stingless bees) next to each other.Mellifera being big sis,would rob cerena if it gets even 5 min.s of oppourtunity.I keep queen gate of cerena always on ,melifera can not pass thru it.But it is inconvenient especially I need to mate cerena queens.Singless bees r just ignored by both cerena and mellifera,but it is seen stealing propylus.Cerena young workers and foragers r happily allowed by melifera hives,and it is sort of funny both fanning mellifera hive entrance in exactly opposite positions.Many times young cerena workers at entrances of their hives think mellifera robbers as drones and seen feeding them.Then a older cerena bee would come and jump on
the robber trying to chew wings.
 

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Having bees with a mix of different habits gives you flexibility. Some breed up early and do well if the season is a bit early but can collapse if spring is late. Others who are a bit cautious will do well. Same for population levels going into winter. If you have a mix some will survive come what may. If they are strongly one type you could potentially have heavy losses if conditions are not to their liking.

Some people feel that Buckfast are quite "middle of the road" or good "switch hitters" rather than specialists. I dont see them being reallly talked up for almond pollinating though!
 

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I have different bees in my yard. Some have yellowish strips and are probably Italian mutts. Most though are either Carni or Caucasian with grayish stripes and big black butts. The difference is obvious when the hives are side by side. I graft predominantly from the dark queens and all my drones are black so those traits run thoughout the yard. Eventually I will lose the yellow unless I bring in new genetics.
 
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