On a thread a few weeks ago; "Why does small cell deter varroa", there were a few comments suggesting that there ARE!,.. feral/survivor/wild,.... honeybee colonies in trees, abandoned buildings, etc., somewhat remote from managed colonies and in some cases,..doing quite well.
Here's my thought. I establish a nuc with all the right frames. I could possibly even add a queen cell from my best colony to,.. "hurry up" the process. I would put the nuc out in a public hunting grounds [1700+ acres] where I saw bees last summer on sumac, BUT NOT AS MANY as on the sumac near my hives! I may ask some of the farmers/home owners within,.....oh let's say,....a 3-5 mile radius of the PHG whether they have bees or have seen any "wild" colonies.
What "success" do you think I would have with the queen mating with a "WILD DRONE" ? Do you think she would mostly mate with the few drones from the nuc?
This for fun!.........a hobby.--Oldbee.