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Carniolan and Italian honeybees

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 16, 2008

Most of the bees in the Apiary are a cross between The Carniolan and Italian honeybee. Some bees will favour one or the other parentage. The first picture shows the typical bee cross. Notice that the bee is loaded with grey pollen from the blackberry blossoms. The second picture shows a bee that favours the Italian background and the bee in the third picture looks very Carniolan. All the bees are from the same Apiary. The colour of bees in a hive can change as the queen uses semen from a different drone she has mated with.

       Bee in blackberry blossoms. Pollen is grey,

         This bee favours Italian parentage.

        Bee that is Carniolan in appearance.

The blackberry blossoms have passed their peak. The blackberries that most people are familiar with will blossom soon as the buds are swollen and ready to open. But that deserves a post of it’s own.

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