Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?
Bees are considered "ferae naturae" meaning feral by nature, they are not domesticated animals in the way dogs, cattle, and horses are domesticated. They can and will survive so long as they can meet their two basic needs of food and shelter. This brings timing and location into consideration. There are roughly 2 months out of a year in temperate climates where bees can swarm and have a high probability of survival. In tropical climates, they might have 10 months of the year that could be successful, depending on availability of food sources.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest