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My first colony - CORNWALL

 
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ianrichards
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm    Post subject: My first colony - CORNWALL Reply with quote

With any luck I should have uploaded two photos of the colony in my TBH.
Does anyone have any idea as to what type of bee they may be?






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druidsgarden
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are quite dark but there is some orange in there. To me it looks like a black bee queen with that has mated with atleast one carnolian drone so you are getting a mix.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Appearance is not actually a very good guide to the presence of AMM genes, but given your location, I would be surprised if there wasn't a significant percentage. I can put you in touch with local AMM breeders who would be interested in taking a closer look. PM me if this is of interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tan banding indicates some Italian (ligustica) genetics but also there are some dark bees, so I would say that you have a colony of mongrels that will hopefully display great hybrid vigour. Your queen certainly appears to have a lovely solid laying pattern. Looking very nice indeed. Congratulations!
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