Re: Cell size survey.
I don't pay much attention to Dee Lusby's maps (in the US context).
Originally Posted by ToeOfDog
Massive and sustained migratory bee moves pretty much invalidate it.
In the US context, this is pretty much meaningless since locally adapted and stable bee sub-species never formed yet (IF ever will with all the bee moves).
Just now the local seller is selling tons packages from South to the locals here (the annual event in my town).
Talking of Canadian border bigger cell sizes vs. Deep South smaller cell is not much a factor because of this (in the US).
So the geographic location is not a strong factor.
The geographic locations did matter in the historic origins of the bees in the historic sense (pure black German/Russian bees are large; pure gray Caucasians are mid-size; etc).
Still do now, but somewhat washed out due to bee migrations and long distance sales as well.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.