If you buy from a member of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association you are likely to get a pure Russian bee. Their association protocol establishes strict rules governing all aspects of queen rearing and individual breeders/sellers are required to periodically submit sample bees for genetic testing to insure purity. A member of this association deals in Russian bees ONLY!!
If you buy from a non member breeder you're likely getting a Russian hybrid. The qualities of the Russian bee that make it mite resistent, winter hardy, etc. are diluted when crossed with other bee breeds (hybrids).
The breeders I'm familiar with stay booked up. Your best bet will probably be to order now for next spring or maybe you can find some fall queens. They are worth waiting for. Google Russian Honeybee Breeders Association for contact information.[/QUOTE
If a non member uses Russian stock from the Russian breeder association and has a bee yard just for Russians, with drone mothers.The drone mothers of 5 to 6 different line of the Russians stock that came from the russian association.. And fluids that breeding yard with Russian mature drones,there is very good change he or she could have just as pure of a Russian line .The queen mother you use will be just as pure as the queen mother that the russian breeder, he or she grafted form and sold you.Also the drones that come from your drone mother hives will be just as pure as the russian queens the association breeder used for the queens in your drone mother hive.A queen needs to bread with 13 or more drones to be a good queen.All queens in the russian breeder association and all others are open mated.Unless they are inseminated.So it could be that i can or any one else could raise as good of a queen in a russian mating yard as any one.Again all queen are open mated.
I will have a Small number of Russian Queens for sale late April or May . Also small amount of Russian Queens for fall re queening $18.00 + shipping
All of my russian stock came from the russian breeder association.