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    Default A swarm of bees

    A Father's Day walk along the Taff through Bute Park livened up when we spotted this swarm on a Ceanothus bush. We were chatting with a passer by whose mother had had a swarm removed from her chimney that morning, the warm muggy weather must have triggered the bees' instincts.

    An interesting phenomenon, we had a swarm in our garden over ten years ago, this is the first I've seen since then.





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    Very yellow and stripy!

    Because of the way bees mate I suspect that there are few/no pure strains of bee in the UK, but up here in Northumberland the honeybees are much blacker presumably with more of the original "British" genes. Being nearer to Devon I suspect there's a lot more "Italian" in those bees. Not that it matters either way (apart from the fact that genetic diversity is resilient so seeing differences is good). Good to see some swarming.
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    We allegedly have the Welsh Black Bee although, in fact, it isn't actually a Welsh species at all but rather the pan European, Apis melifera melifera. A good though somewhat self contradicting article on them here including an interesting aside on how the Nazis tried to extinguish the species as they weren't efficient enough. welsh black bees

    Prompted me to look at Buckfast bees (raised by a German monk in Devon, politics unknown) who bred the original queen from which all modern Buckfast bees descended, it was subsequently named B-1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diawl bach View Post

    Prompted me to look at Buckfast bees (raised by a German monk in Devon, politics unknown) who bred the original queen from which all modern Buckfast bees descended, it was subsequently named B-1.
    Are they normally found staggering about the streets of Glasgow in various stages of intoxication....

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    Scottish Bucky Bees, the bees which Killer Bees fear....
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