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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Mite biter queens

    Mite mauling is not new.
    NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Mite biter queens

    Unless there is a way to control the open mating process, I'm afraid that the individual trait might
    be diluted. The redline Italians F1 might not express at all. So what's the point of raising so many mutts for?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

  4. #23
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    Default Re: Mite biter queens

    Quote Originally Posted by beepro View Post
    Unless there is a way to control the open mating process, I'm afraid that the individual trait might
    be diluted. The redline Italians F1 might not express at all. So what's the point of raising so many mutts for?

    It's supposed to be a dominant trait.

  5. #24
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    Default Re: Mite biter queens

    So the idea is to buy a bunch of them and keep infusing them into your stock. The trait will prove out in the laundry, and if you keep a bloodline, maintain the trait and breed it, both open mated and I.I.

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