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Chris Slade <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 Nov 2009 17:48:26 EST
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In a message dated 06/11/2009 17:35:25 GMT Standard Time,  
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We want  to add reliable EHB/AHB discrimination to our system; but to  do  
this, we need data sets of really good recordings from the two races  -  
and we 
need to know for sure that the EHB are truly EHB, the AHB  are truly AHB -  
i.e.  Apis mellifera  scutellata.

What race do you mean by EHB? There isn't a race that goes under the name  
of European Honey Bee as there are several in this continent.  Apis  
mellifera mellifera, the 'black' bee is most widespread and hardy. A.m.  Ligustica, 
the Italian, has been widely exported and can form a very cross cross  when 
it meets A.m.m.  A.m.Carnica from Slovenia is also widely exported;  
A.m.Crecopia from Greece less so.  A.m Iberica from Spain and Portugal  aren't 
heard of very much. Caucasian bees are sometimes fashionable, but I'm not  sure 
whether they come from Europe or from Asia and my atlas doesn't help. There 
 are also other less well-known races of European Honey Bee, all of which 
have  their own behavioural and morphometrical characteristics.

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