Re: introducing a carniolan queen to an italian queen-less colony
The race of the queen shouldn't be an issue, more that you already have laying workers which can make introduction a little trickier. WWII is way over, dude... the bees don't engage in race wars the way we do . I've changed races on colonies a bunch and I haven't found an acceptance difference between changers and same-strainers.
Introduce during a flow (or feed), do your shakeout dance, some say to smoke heavily to confuse pheromones. Might even try a push-in cage to let her start laying (which improves her pheromone profile vis-a-vis acceptance). Good luck!
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