bee butts

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by Oregonsparkie, May 25, 2004.

  1. Oregonsparkie

    Oregonsparkie Well-Known Member

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    Ive been watching my OBS hive and noticed something I consider odd.
    Some bees have a dark, almost black abdomin and some a yellowish.

    What is there a difference??
     
  2. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    that could be two different types of bees in the hive, are they a calm type or flighty?
     

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    rainesridgefarm Well-Known Member

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    when the queen goes on a mating flight she is mated with up to 12 drones. If a few of them are italian and a few are carniolan the offspring can be mixed.
     
  4. Oregonsparkie

    Oregonsparkie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. These bees are real calm. I have been feeding them some of their own honey from the comb I extracted sunday. Silly me, I thought(now dont laugh - Im new at this) that the yellow I was seeing was honey inside of their stomachs - like a seethrough abdomin..