Bees of other sub-species have been imported into Britain and Ireland for over 150 years resulting in much introgression of genetic material into the native stock. As a result ‘pure’ stocks of bees of the native sub-species can be difficult to find. ‘Near-native’ refers to bees which have a native appearance as well as characteristics similar to native bees although genetically they may contain some DNA from other sub-species.
- What is the ‘British Black’ bee?
- Why does BIBBA advise buying bees and queens locally?