Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?
Originally Posted by squarepeg
But you know what, so far I am liking the "Arkansas bees" that go into the second winter for me.
With bees it is all about inputs into the melting pot.
Bees are all about melting pot (if given a chance).
Any good inputs should improve chances for fine outputs under the circumstances.
I am all about variety placed into a set of circumstances.
But here, let me state another point.
As the USA is basically much larger case of the same old Russian Far East, the current location of population does not matter much (unlike in the traditional Old World places where the historic locations still matter).
You see, in the Old World, the traditional AMMs will never be placed in Italy or North Africa.
Such migrations are impossible due to administrative and traditional obstacles.
In the USA, to compare, bee migrations have no rhyme or reason.
Warm climate Italians are shipped to Alaska (terrible fit).
The Russains are placed into study in subtropics where they just do not belong.
AMMs should never exist in the subtropical locations.
The AHB should never exist up North (but I am pretty darn sure, there is some generic presence of AHBs here too - thanks to the bee package shipping).
In many ways, this is a huge mess.
However, all this illogical mess actually forces adaptation and produces strange results (some bad and some good).
With that - your "Alabama bee" can totally produce unexpected results in WI.
It may croak OR it may actually flourish OR anything in between.
They just as well have enough "Russian" blood in them that will only benefit from colder climate placement.
In addition, their inputs into the melting pot should have some effect as well.
Only live testing will show.
Theoretical are pretty much meaningless.
Last edited by GregV; 12-18-2018 at 09:16 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.