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Well if you ask 10 different beekeepers you'll get 10 different answers.

I like the little black german bees. aka. black woods bees, mountain bees, black devils. They are very productive and over winter better than most. Their bigest down fall. They are mean as they come. I only have two colonies that are close to what I would call black bees, and they are not even close to being pure. Most beekeepers gave them up when the Itailians came along. This is another reason I like them. Nobody wants them and what few are left have some type of resistance to mites. Of corse I think most of the bees that have shown hygenic traits are dark in color.

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