Lusby’s Bee Biometrics

Prof. Dr. N. Koeniger
INSTITUT FUR BIENENKUNDE
(Polytechnische Gesellschaft)
Fachbereich Biologie der J. W. Goethe-Universitat
Frankfurt am Main

6370 Oberursel 1
Im Rothkopf 5
W.-Germany

May 12, 1986

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lusby,

Thanks for the letter of March 19th and the samples of bees. We did the biometrics now and it resulted in clear differences of your black bees compared to the usual U.S. mixture. Your bees are quantitatively significant more towards Apis mellifera carnica und Apis mellifera caucasica. The Italian influence is very limited.

We thank you again for your hospitality. Hope to meet you some day again. Attached you will find the values of your samples (cubital index).

Sincerely

N. Koeniger



LEGEND for BEE SAMPLES

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Note – The breeder samples used from the home breeder apiary were also taken from one of the three hives used to send samples to the University of Frankfurt, West Germany, for their unbiased quantitative analysis as to what type of bees they were. No africanization was mentioned in their report back. The USDA/ARS however, highly identified these bees as Africanized.

The breeder hive in question has since been donated to the Carl Hayden Bee Research Laboratory for their research and understanding in basic bee biologies as to how this could happen.

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