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The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom. The article below is based on a lecture given by Philip Denwood to the SICAMM Conference in Landquart, Switzerland, on 1st September 2012 Articles by Dr. Dorian Pritchard,1 and by Norman Carreck2 of the Laboratory of Social Insects at Sussex, have presented the evidence, convincing in my opinion, for the immigration of the honey bee into mainland Britain across the land bridge from Europe at least 9000 years ago, and its continued existence here ever since. This bee would have been the ancestor of the Apis mellifera mellifera or ...

A Native Dark Bee Project

Margie Ramsay reports on a project reintroducing A.m.m. to a reserve in Scotland. Update July 2015 In 1905, just before the First World War there was a 20 year long bee plague called Isle of Wight disease which was considered by many, including bee breeder Brother Adam, to have eradicated the native subspecies of dark European honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera from our Isles ...
SMARTBEES project

SMARTBEES project

The SMARTBEES project is focused on identification, breeding and propagation of locally adapted honey bees with high performance and resistance traits to Varroa destructor ...
Colonsay  a honey bee haven

Colonsay a honey bee haven

TWO remote Hebridean islands have become the UK’s first reserve for native honey bees after a landmark ruling by Scottish ministers ...

Honey bee conservation

In order to compensate the dramatic losses of honeybee colonies that we see globally for many years now, beekeepers try to restore their apiaries by importing colonies or queens in the hopes that those survive better than their previous bees. Such imports increase the level of introgression with local honeybee populations in which genetic variability is geographically highly structured ...

Local bees better than imports

locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. Honey bee genotypes and the environment In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations ...
Native Honey Bees

Native Honey Bees

The Dark European Honey Bee - Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) It is fairly certain that the Dark European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, has been native to mainland Britain ...

John Dew’s Views-the Best Bee

Why The Native Bee Is The Best Bee For The British Climate There is a tendency amongst some beekeepers to believe that the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence", that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee. In the pre-war years of the 20th century many kinds of imported bees were tried, but the Italian bee found most favour. There was a welcome respite from imported bees during the war years, but ...

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

What are honey bees, anyway? Bees of all kinds belong to the order of insects known as Hymenoptera, literally "membrane wings". This order, comprising some 100,000 species, ...