What exactly constitutes a true feral colony? If you have a hive of italians or russians and they escape and live in a tree for 30 years are they considered feral? On another site, a guy was talking about wanting to capture some ferals from some remote forest areas with the idea that they will have evolved with the mites and possess some tolerance. However, my only experience with capturing a hive from an extremely remote area in the Texas Panhandle was that as soon as I brought them to town they begin having mite problems and didn't last the winter. The colonies/swarms I capture in Amarillo may have been living in old elm trees in town for years and some of them seem to not be bothered as much by the mites as some of my "store bought" colonies??