I know this has probably been asked a zillion times, so forgive me. I did try searching but there are so many related posts and I was too lazy to weed through them for an answer!
I have a supplier that is offering Russian bees which I've heard good things about but I've not hived before. $179 for a box. My usual supplier has Carniolan for $131 which I'm very familiar with. So a $48 difference.
Is it worth the extra price for Russians? I'm in Iowa and we have some cold winters and hot, humid summers (which I would gladly take right now since it's 7 degrees F with 30 MPH winds) and I don't know if Russians would be any better or worse in this environ. Any insight?
Thanks in advance!