Its an idle question but.... I have noticed that my bees are very varied in appearance some quite tawny some very dark - whats going on here? Is this a sign that my bees are genetically diverse?
Please see my reply which has some how been made as a new thread ( Chris can you move it ?)
I would also refer you to the article else where on this site regarding the "Black Bee" apparently written by Roy Norris ,although I am absolutely certain that it was in fact written by Tony Shaw ? (Chris can you also amend that ?)
It explains the situation re mixed genes of bees in more detail than I have and puts it in context ,
perhaps you might become interested in trying to promote the Black Welsh/British Apis Melifera Melifera (AMM) ?
Hope that answers your question