2 of the queens I am getting are from an old line of italian called red italian,anyone ever heard of it?
Yes, I had I purchased some last spring from a pollinator beekeeper about 50 miles from my home. I bought two-3 lb. packages and the seller called them "Missisipee Red Italians" and I thoght he was playing a joke on me because they look just like any other Italian bee I have seen so far, in my limited tenure in beekeeping, perhaps a very, very subtle difference in color. Maybe I wasn't duped at all,now that you also mention them. By the way the colony I reared in a styrofoam hive did very well,(5 maybe 6 full frames in cluster) the one in a standard wooden hive perished before January of this year( could be just a fluke? )--so good luck-and also they are from my limited experience an EXTREMELY gentle bee to work with. I hope this helps you somewhat. Having a ball