I am sure many of you and especially you Michael know more than I, but I asked this question before and received no answer. My dad owns a farm in BFE TN. While helping him work at his farm and 2 others, we noticed their were no bees. LOTS of ground bees and Bumblebees, but ZERO honeybees at any of the farms. Bewtween the 3 farms, they cover about a 20 mile distance(not the farms themselves, but just locations between the 3) Blue and Black berries were in bloom in both locations, as well as everything else. There was not a single bee at any of the three. How then would a virgin queen be mated in a colony with no drones. His had no drones at all, they did indeed swarm and he has a virgin queen no doubt now(they swarmed in late Nov during a warmup)......what to do..... The location in BS that I asked this noone answered. The guys talked alot about DCA's but they avoided my question.....will the colony produce drones for her to be mated at that point. How long(other than the obvious colony survival rate) will they tolerate a queen that is not mated? Many questions and some ignorance on my part, but I have always wondered what the answer was....>what would happen when the colony attempted to swarm?
They will swarm.
>What happens if the virgin queen can find no mate from another colony?
She will find a mate.
Perhaps you are worrying about things that aren't apt to happen. Even though varroa has done as much damage to the feral colonies as it has to the managed colonies, there are lots of colonies out there in the environment that you and I don't know about. So, unless your isolated colony is really truly isolated, such as on an island far from shore, there are probably plenty of drones avaiable to mate w/ the queen.I agree with devdog here,
Michael's response is appreciated, but it really just says 'trust that all will work out'.
To this point, I don't understand what an isolated hive might do to reproduce, and there are areas with no honeybees.