The Black European honey bee has been appearing in my garden again, very glad to see some have made it, I took a photo of it and it looks fine and healthy. I had a black hive about twelve years ago, it was very different to the Italian bee in behavior, I did not have any trouble with aggression, it built up numbers very quickly in the spring although its numbers during the winter were small. I only had the hive for two years and then the hives in the Nelson area were destroyed because the Varroa mite had arrived. I have not seen any black swarms around and they were common around this area twenty years ago., so I am not sure how many are around. They are obviously survivors.