Re: Isolated Matings without owning an island. mondscheinbegattung method.
Did you ever hear the old saying, too much sugar for a dime? This would fit that catagorie. There are too many variables. #1 weather, #2 weather, #3 weather, and many other problems that could throw a monkey wrench in the plans. Who is telling the queens where the drones are? Who is telling the other drones in the area that they don't fly when it is a full moon? After all drones do sense/smell a virgin queen and will in a cloud fly after one.
I do agree, and understand that anything but a II queen will have a likelyhood of being mated with unwanted drones. Hey but some time ago I accepted bee breeding as not an exact science. When I bought the pure Russians (worst mistake I've made in beekeeping) I knew that they were required to be pure. I think if I remember it as 91-95% tested pure. From what I saw of the queens from differient suppliers, some where black, but some were dark orange. So give me a break, even though I might have been born at night it wasn't last night, and even though they still acted alike they couldn't have been all pure and only mated to pure Russian drones. I will continue to depend on a reputible breeder/breeders to supply me with the mated queens I need and hope for the best, which is still what the Germans are doing. Or raise my own and still hope for the best. Isn't beekeeping totally hoping for the best?
So much to learn, so little time!!