But if I may play devil's advocate here, how is this any different than all the queens that are hyped as being "survivor bees"? Anybody can call anything whatever they want. There are very few "tests" for any of it. Mostly it boils down to what is happening in a given box--with no guarantee that just because it IS working in this box, it is going to work in somebody else's box. At least with the VSH queens, one CAN go back to USDA and hope to get a reasonable facsimile of what they expect to get. But with Joe Blow's queens, who knows what you are getting, since there are no guarantees that because they work for him, they'll work for you. I don't mean Joe Blow is misrepresenting his bees, only that the bees themselves work or don't work based on where they are as much as how they are bred or handled.
There is so much hype about VSH (just look at how many active threads have VSH in the title)...yet I think there are very few (if any) that do any kind of proper evaluation to support the VSH claims....and little incentive to educate beekeepers that want to breed their own bees (not just rear from purchased breeder stock) on how VSH actually works, and help them decide if this is a good road to go down for them.