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The crescent shaped stripes is common in eastern European races like Anatolian, Carniolan, Caucasian and so on...

queens with south african genes incl. a.m.scutellata usually looks like this:

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That looks exactly like my queens, but they are quite calm and overwinter well in Illinois, so not a lot if any African.

My opinion is African genes only matter if the bees get mean, or they don't overwinter where you are. Bee races are all mixed up so any bee color can be any genetics, unless you buy only artificially inseminated queens.
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