kind of. When i asked my father in law did he mean Italian bee's he said no they are called Yellow Bees.
My Mentor and my Greatgrandfather both had some of the Black German Bees Apis Melifera M.
and they were often called just black bees. Back before the depression Italians were called Yellow Bees. Those were the 2 primary types of bees in the United States up until then, having been brought over by European immigrants (that's how my Greatgrandfather's bees got here--his Grandfather brought them with him from Germany in the mid-1800's). If you had Black bees they were Germans and if you had Yellow Bees they were Italian. Then gradually there were Causcasian, Buckfast, Carniolan, and Russian introduced and the names Black and Yellow fell out of use due to the color variatiions. BTW, Caucasians were originally referred to as Gray bees.