Apis mellifera adami

Apis mellifera adami (often misspelled "adamii") is a honey bee subspecies from the Mediterranean area, endemic to Crete.


A sub-species of Apis mellifera (the common honey-bee),[1] is the Cretan bee as classified by Ruttner 1975. The population on Crete has a similar genotype to Grecian populations, but Cretan bees are a more mixed population due to breeding and beekeeping practices (no pure populations on the island) (Harizanis & Odos).[2]


Western Cretan beehives are constructed of terracotta, wood and wicker. On the east of the island the hives are always ceramic. (Baumann 1993: 166).[3]

See also[edit]

bee domestication


  1. ^ biolib .cz website [Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  2. ^ P Harizanis, Iera Odos Genetic structure of the bee from Crete island (Greece) Apidologie (2003) 2012 Mendeley Ltd [Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  3. ^ L.Nixon (Oxford University website) The Sphakia survey [Retrieved 2011-12-20] cited also: Baumann, Hellmut 1993. Greek Wild Flowers, London: Herbert.

Friedrich Ruttner (1975). Die Kretische Biene, Apis mellifica adami [The Cretan bee]. Kretische Die Biene, Apis mellifica adami [The Cretan bee]. Allgemeine Deutsche Imkerzeitung, 9(10), pp. Deutsche Allgemeine Imkerzeitung, 9 (10), pp. 271-272. 271-272.

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