Native Honey Bees – background

It is fairly certain that the Dark European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, has been native to mainland Britain since before the closing of the Channel Landbridge, when sea levels rose following the last Ice Age. They were isolated and adapted to the different conditions they found themselves in.

Amm) are native to the whole of Northern Europe, where they evolved in isolation, having been cut off by such barriers as mountains, water and ice.

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