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Cordovan color shades?

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New Bee

Joined: 30 Sep 2017
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Location: Berlin

PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Cordovan color shades? Reply with quote

Hi all.
I am a beginner beekeeper and still on my learning curve.
I learnt about the „Cordovan“ color some bee strains expose. I never saw these colored bees myself so far and I wanted to understand if the „Cordovan“ color is actually one defined shade or is there a variability of different shades summarized under this term?
Thank you.
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Foraging Bee

Joined: 18 Jan 2016
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Location: central Belgium

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Boarbuster,

and welcome to the forum.
I am an experienced beekeeper and also still on my learning curve Very Happy .

I have no experience with the cordovan strain of ligustica bees, my understanding is that this trait makes it more easy to find the queen because she really stands out amongst the worker bees.

Ideally I would like to work with the native dark honeybee and they have many different strains or ecotypes with colors ranging from brown (braunelle) to pitch black (nigra). Check out this website:

Working with pure strains of bees is in a way conflicting with natural beekeeping as you need some form of controlled mating otherwise your bees will hybridise within one generation. To be honest my bees are att best described as 'hybridised black bees' but I love them nonetheless.

friendly greetings


ps I realize I went a bit off topic and apologize
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