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    i know i live in african area i was wondering if it would help to keep a queen excluder on the intrance of the hive to keep the EHB queen in and AHB queen out

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    My understanding is that you are planning to guard against a trait of the (Apis mellifera capensis) honeybee, not (Apis mellifera scutellata).
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    yes you are correct

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    My understanding is that though AHBs can potentially "take over" a hive, the greater risk is if your hive swarms or your queen is superceded. The virgin queen mates with AHB drones and you get an AHB hive when she starts laying. I'd guess that it would be more cost-effective laborwise, since drones get hung up in excluders, to just use a marked queen so you know if that happened.
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    Ben, I think he is, as Joseph clarified, worrying about the Cape bee.

    George, I don't think that there have been any reports of the Cape honeybee in your area. Also, it's the workers that enter the hives and end up either taking over or killing the colony, not the queen, so your idea wouldn't work anyway.

    Also, you'd end up with a lot of dead drones inside which could plug up the entrance.

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    thanks for the input

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