Re: Varroa spotted on Feral hive bees
Couple things about this, every feral hive that is healthy or even half healthy will swarm a minimum of once each year, possibly a lot more often than that. Each swarm means a new queen in the parent hive, which mates with other drones so there is a change in the genetics of around 50% each time.
So unless very inbred, a feral hive that has been there 8 years will likely be a totally different bee to what it was originally.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).