A picture of my Amish friend's mutt queen. ( I posted it for him for obvious reasons). Anyway this queen is a cross between feral bees, Italians, and Russians. I am not sure what percentages each of them is in this bee. He has been working on it for several years, and this queen is in her second season and is still going strong. The bees from her are relatively gentle, she lays like nothing I have ever seen, overwintered well, varroa resitant, (so far), good honey producer, and did not eat much honey over this last winter. This is not an advertisement, but just an observation, that I think we would all do better, to look for local queens. I know this queen does great here, but would she in Canada or New York?
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