I am a new Beekeeper with my 1st wintered hive and 3 more packages/hives on their way. I have Italians.
I am wondering however, if what I've heard about the RUSSIAN bees is true? Do they winter in the cold climates extreamly well? Are to "go getters" and work hard building comb and gathering pollen/honey? And most of all, I understant that are the most (I understand not totally) reseisant to the Varroa Mite?
Are these things true? Are there other reason why I should re-queen with a RUSSIAN or are there reasons that I SHOULD NOT?
Any help on this matter would be truly appreciated.
Brentwood, New Hampshire