you don't see the old "german" bees that you used to see back then in many places.
One in ten of my bees from locally bred queens is a black bee.. no stripes. They are descendants, or throwbacks to the bees that I managed for my mentor 30+ years ago. Yes, they are fading. With the loss of feral hives there are less of them now than ever before, but they are still there. You can still get them if you do a little searching.
we've bred some important traits out of the bees and that the gap created was being filled or partially filled by true feral bees until the varroa came through and decimated those populations. the feral bees today are predominantly from the stock that has been bred over the last century or century and a half (however long there has been selective breeding of bees in this country now). those bees were bred to not make propolis, not swarm and have a gentle nature among other things and this has taken the overall quality of the bees down a notch or two.
"We" the beekeepers, have been selecting for better stock for how long? A thousand years? Two thousand? And you think in the last generation or two we have made a difference? Perhaps I need to buy AI'd queens to see this.. The only major difference in keeping bees I have seen.. (Besides treating for mites) is that packages DIE way more than they used to during winter.
We still have the bees, or the ability to get bees from all over the world.
Itallian, from South of the Alps and North of Sicily.
Carniolan from Slovenia
Russian from Primorsky Territory.
European black bee from Great Britain.
Imported bees from Australia? Buckfast, Starline, Midnight, Caucasion, and Cordovan, as well as VSH breeds and MN Hygienic... The countless lines of survivors available? Last but not least Africanized bees..
From all of those bees, you also have the different LINES of those types to choose from..
In example, Italian bees from Georgia, Texas, Florida, California, Hawaii, etc... IF you want commercial bees.. If you prefer bees produced by more local beekeepers, or just Northern winter bred bees? The options are VAST!
I have not had any difficulty adding new (resistant) genetics to my Apiary.. I bring in resistant bees from different places every year to add to the "mutt" status of my bees.. bees that survive winter just like they did when I was fourteen years old.
I will not and can not argue that there is change coming, but I honestly do not believe it is HERE, or that I will live to see it in my lifetime.