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Beekeeping Bees

Observing the Bees Outside the Hives

My bees are mutts.  They are a blend of Carniolan, Italian, German, Russian and Australian.  The apiary where I purchased my bees believes that by diversifying their genetics, they are hardier and more resistant to disease.  Recently when my mentor opened up my hives with me, he was amazed at how the bees’ genetics expressed themselves.  As we pulled the frames, there were so many different looking bees working together.  Initially, before he knew that I had mutts, he exclaimed, “Hey, you have a Carniolan in here!”