I have a couple questions. Can queens be raised in the southwest US successfully? Or do people not do that much since there are so many AHB's? Is there a way to keep the AHB stock out of your queens?

I am raising some queens now to see how it works, but I imagine that the queen will find a AHB drone. I know that Glenn Apiaries managed to do it, while being in southern California.

One other question. Does it make a difference if I am at a higher elevation where the winters are much colder than LA? i.e. where it get into the 20'-30's at night and snows occasionally? I suspect that AHB's don't like the cold as much.

Thanks for any help/insights.