wow i didnt mean to start a donny brook, i figured that you guys down there were using the same kind of european honey bees we do here and that it is very likely that yours haven't been exposed to african queens like some of ours have,
lets all have a pint and keep our eyes on what were here for, to have fun, make a little honey for the kitchen and mabey a buck or two along the way
For me, to hear about because they have the same type bees, and somehow this equates into the possibility that nothing new can come about, is not prudent. V-mites, and a host of other items including viruses have cross over vectors. That being, they are seen in other bee species, and other insects. And the real possibility, would exist that bees would carry, or harbor pathogens and new diseases that are not originated from bees themselves. It's not about comparing two bees and assuming that because they originated years ago from the same spot. It's about understanding what could be picked up, transported, from one area of the world to the next.
And I don't think it's fun, when I'm called out, or anyone is called out, and made to feel that expressing concerns are nothing more than protecting one's bee breeding or bee operation. It should only reason to also understand that those comments are coming directly from the side that may be saying things from their perspective, being the one's that are selling and promoting their own interests.
I'll say all I can. I don't buy bees from places that import bees. I don't understand why beekeepers would buy from such places that have bees that are not subjected to handling mites.
Soon, thousands of hives will be flooding the market from the California almond groves. Some of these no doubt, will be Australian installed packages that some may feel are not worth trying to save after pollination. So they grab the pollination money, and recoup their investment in dumping them on beekeepers not knowing what they bought, or the impact of having such bees. A vicious cycle. It must suck to realize the only way to keep these bees alive after they are soon introduced to mites, is to dump chemicals in the hives, or dump them to other beekeepers. And we wonder why the commercial guys are having problems. Problems that no doubt will continue.
Sorry if some, and foreigners in particular, are upset with my "Buy American" attitude and comments. Sorry if I openly promote and support the American bee industry with no reserves or hidden agendas. Sorry if I think bringing in bees from around the world is a bad idea.