years ago when varroa first came on the scene it was estimated it would wipe out the entire feral bee population and the only thing left would bee hives kept by keepers. Varroa put a huge dent into the feral population along with those kept by keepers. At the last kshpa meeting there was a discussion on the come back of feral bees and how they are surviving. Studies show the feral bees are learning how to deal with the varroa. They went on to say hives kept by beekeeps that are treating the bees are not learning to deal with them thus when they are not treated varroa will eventually ovetake the hive. I dont treat but I think that one thing the bees in the wild have going for them is the break in the brood cycle when they swarm. when takeing care of hives and not treating doing splits and letting them make there own queen gives them the same break in the cycle as if they had swarmed. Does anyone have a different take on this.