[NWC is the name of a breeding program only.]
Actually NWC references the location (North America) and denotes a degree of linage.
It used to reference a single program, but now it refers to a joint effort of programs and people to put these efforts to practical usage in the field. (Just like Russian bees are currently a project for the USDA, but the end result is for broad acceptance and usage.)
[Carnicas are still Carnolians. ]
This sentence is technically correct. I think you were trying to imply that all Carnolian/Carnica/Karnica bee lines started in the same place in Europe, and because of that today they are still somehow created equal. You present that name sake is merely a fraud to get people to buy someones line of bees.
Maybe in your mind, but you might not want to act like you are speaking on behalf of the world's beekeeping community. There are a lot of hard working people that do cultivate some very good stocks. And if cultivation and good good results don't merit a variety name (not a scientific or taxonomic name change), perhaps we'd best go back to calling corn, grass.
[You are not going to change a bee in 26 years.]
Again, I don't think we're trying to grow an extra set of legs or performing gene splicing, we're talking about real-world selection. While your statements are wonderfully dramatic, they don't represent the efforts and improvements to which many people are devoting their entire lives. And many of these changes are simple enough to perform on single backyard hives. Its almost shameful to down play the impact the efforts these people have made.
I can improve the performance of my bee stocks and genetics to have better performance in one year. And I can do that within the same genetic line of bees (not by requeening or introducing a new line). While it may not appear that I have 'changed a bee', I have steered the genetics towards certain traits and controlling mating does squelch and suppress undesirable characteristics. This 'steering' can perform a change that results in many quality queens that otherwise would have taken nature thousands of years to have produced one queen at a chance happening. When cultivating like this helps both the beekeeper and the bees themselves, this is as good of stewardship one can hope to perform. I don't what miracle of change you need before you consider that humble man has made a change.
[Joe Latshaw used to work for Susan at OSU and is still trying to improve on what he helped with since 1988. ]
Evidently Joe is wasting his time "trying to improve" a strain of bees that "You are not going to change...".
Or else you have conflicting theories. Or perhaps hes just working "a very clever sales gimmick." I don't think you truly believe that, else you would not have used him as a respectable reference, (unless you are just name dropping to appear credible?)
[...if you talk you Susan Cobey she does not call them New World Carniolans, she will call them either Carnica or Carniolan.]
I have, and yes she does.
I don't suppose your family runs around calling you by your full first, middle, and last name either?
Might you guess its out of ease of conversation? I use the 'NWC' notation because it gives respect to the efforts of those that developed the line.
[Since they are so close to one another I would say that Buckeye Bees get their breeders from Latshaw Apiaries.]
I say take a moment and call any supplier for yourself and ask. The correct information from the horses mouth is always the most credible, besides sometimes sources change. A Wild Assparagus Guess will only leave you with doubt or even the wrong assumption.
[I have to disagree about the build up. ]
Go ahead, you are entitled to your opinion.
[The Italians need stimulating to keep up with the Carnicas.]
This has not been my experience, and I've not heard this to be the normal experience people have with Italian lines of bees. Italians in my experience lay earlier, harder, and later than carnolians, and this can result in needing more supportive feedings than carnolians. These supportive feeding are not stimulation, but starvation prevention.
[In my area the carnica built up fast...]
This statement is likely based on a number of conditions that may or may not apply for the individual buy nucs. First off you are probably referring to established hives, and colonies perform differently depending on queen age, establishment of honey/pollen stores, and drawn comb availability. So while this blanket statement is fine for an established hive, one should not expect the same magnitude of results from a nuc ot a colony with a substantial amount of undrawn foundation. Secondly, fast isn't always best. In colder climates, there needs to be enough bees to cover the brood. A rapid laying session by the queen without supportive house bees can result in dead, chilled brood. A gradual build up would assure the population aligns with the brood needs. I have seen, and heard from others that spring cold snaps can hinder varieties (russian, carni) that lay hard and fast in early spring, rather than gradually through late winter. Third, southern climates may have earlier flows that stimulate brood building earlier than northern climates. Keep in mind your relative climate and its affect on the timeline. (Your oranges [Feb.] are not my apples [May].)