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I heard it posited today that bees that are a bit feisty or aggressive might be also more hygienic. As in dealing with Varroa mites.

Has anyone found this to be true?
 

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Africanized bees are the feistiest of the bunch and they don't have any varroa problems. But I think that has more to do with their swarm habit than hygenic behavior. Russians are some of the most hygienic bees out there, but if they are crossed with an Italian bee, there is a good chance you end up with an incredibly aggressive (but very hygienic) hybrid bee.
 

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The Russians in general are more feisty than stock Italian/Carni/etc.
And of course, the Russians are more hygienic too.
 

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Russians can be aggressive, but they generally don't chase more than 50 yards.
 
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