Italian bee

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Noun1.Italian bee - yellowish honeybee resembling the Carniolan bee in its habitsItalian bee - yellowish honeybee resembling the Carniolan bee in its habits
Apis mellifera, honeybee - social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
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The use of labial palps as a measure of proboscis length in worker honeybees, Apis mellifera ligustica S.
beekeepers are only managing one subspecies of honey bee: the Italian Apis mellifera ligustica,thought to have originated south of the Alps and north of Sicily.
These bees are poly-hybrids resulting from breeding of European races (Apis mellifera mellifera, Apis mellifera ligustica, Apis mellifera carnica) introduced in colonial times (Brand, 1988), plus the African race Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier, 1836, accidentally introduced in Rio Claro, Sao Paulo state, southeastern Brazil (Stort and Goncalves, 1994).