Winter is getting to be long. I have been looking at VSH info on the Harbo site, watching Michael Palmer videos, and waiting for spring and this thought dawned on me after MP showed a requeened nuc in which the bees had been cleaning up chalkbrood.
What if when selecting breeder queens with the most solid pattern we are actually selecting for the least hygienic bees? Could that be possible? Could we be eliminating queens from consideration as breeders because their progeny have caused the brood pattern to be spottier because they are removing mites or problem larvae.