Beekeeper of little brain...
I am a beekeeper of little brain so somebody help me:
SAME number of mites & MORE bees = LESS mites per bee. This is good, yes?
Shorter cap time = less damage to pupae from mites. This is also good, yes?
Why is everyone saying no difference?
Also, how long was the study? I'm told mites don't really cause problems until the second year...
Ferals are not the silver bullet
I have been trapping ferals for decades here in suburbia. For the most part they behave the same as purchased strains. Go gangbusters for the first and second year, then collapse.
Addendum: I have been introducing "domesticated" bees into this same area for over three decades. So what is the definiton of feral?
In a more rural setting nearby, I have two colonies of dark trapped ferals that have been going five years or more. They resemble carniolans that was introducing into that area in the early 1980's.
My trapped ferals are dropping as fast as my SC bees, and some are both.:o