“CONDEMNING QUEENS HASTILY
Please excuse me for having so much to say about my queens, but I know you will bear with me when you take into consideration that I am at the very foot of the ABC class, and that she is the only Italian queen I ever saw. I stated in my last that she was Quito dark, and smaller than my black queens. I looked at her last week, and could hardly believe she was the same queen — so large, and such a beauty! Her bees are very yellow, and are prettier than my neighbors’ best, which are produced by a tested queen. I have two young black queens which are producing hybrid bees — thanks to my neighbors’ Italian drones.
HARVEY C. WARE”
Gleanings in Bee Culture, Vol. 10, 1882, page 502