>Has anyone ever heard the term only the strong survive? It is stupid to not let the feral colonies live, let weak die out and the strong survive.
>MB has been keeping track for a pretty long time Jack.
Well, I know how long the ones in my yard have been here anyway and some of them have been here for five years now. And I suspect they were fearl when I got them because of size and characteristics.
>By breeding the queens he's collected, his strain has been
surviving (and thriving) without the use of pesticides for
a number of years.
And I can't say how much is genetics and how much is small cell, but they were surviving on their own when I got them and have continued to do so for the last few years.
>There has always been a long standing debate as to the "age"
of any given swarm. i.e. a one or two year old package that
casts a swarm, these are not survivors.
> True survivors are
colonies that thrive without the help of man beyond five years IMO
That's a reasonable number. But also, you take a hive that can survive on their own comb and put them 5.4mm comb and extend their capping and post capping times...