Do BeeWeaver bees have defensive traits?
BeeWeaver tolerated more stinging to produce bees that did not perish when hives were left untreated for varroa and tracheal mites. Between 1996 and 2002 our bees were more defensive on average with the chance of extremes in both directions (super gentle to intolerable). Since 2001 we have been able to refocus on all the traits that we want our bees to have including good attitudes. Each year there has been significant improvement. Not only in our opinion, but in that of our customers. If our queen produces a defensive hive and environmental circumstances and cultural practices are not a factor, then we replace the queen, free of charge. By environmental circumstances and cultural practices, we mean things like beekeeping techniques (not using a smoker), hive location irritations such as proximity to a busy road, loud engine noises, sirens or big vibrations and recurrent provocations like skunks, raccoons, bears, rock-throwing hominids or other pesky critters.