I have 'Russian' hives and out of town swarm hives. Neighbor behind and over has (had?) Italians Neighbor across has local swarm and neighbor down the street has Italians, out of town swarm/trapouts, and North Lonoke County Survivor (or is it Hygenic?) :lol: and one of my russians have bred with the local area and they are fine and dandy and my best producers with the other 'russian' queen still going. I figured they would have replaced her but she is still here.
I have been told the same thing. My russian queens were open mated, I believe in Louisiana a couple years ago, and I am not sure of their other genetics. So I do not know if it has to be purebred Italian with purebred Russian. I use purebred because that is how they were advertised when two of us purchased our packages and nucs.