Here is one of my test hives-original queen was a 2011 model from BeeWeaver..a buckfast hybrid mite resistant strain. These bees can be a little more hot than some, but I found them to be less agressive than some package Carniolans ...I have handled. The original Weaver queen overwintered extremly well in 2011-2012. This daughter looks more italian and also overwintered well, considering it was just a good sized mating nuc I let grow in the fall. I had to put a shallow super in it in September, because I was afraid they might swarm the deep 10 frame was so full. They drew out the empty foundation in the center and overwintered with a few empty frames on each end. Not what I wanted to do, but I was going hunting out of state and just made due.
I have ordered five more queens from this apiary and will have locally mated daughter hybrids for Washington State available this year.
( I do not ship..mated queens only available locally)
Here is their web ste if you are interested in info about these queens:
A little more aggressive than a lazy go with the flow Italian is not a bad thing, especially if it is a bad year for yellow jackets! Everywhere I pick up a pot or something in the yard, it is full of yellow jacket queens! It is going to be an aweful year for them I fear. Keep your hive entrances small and your hives strong, especially in late July onward. If you make any late summer nucs make them on the strong side and the entrance only about 1/2 " in size.