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About OWA Select Hybrid Wild Survivor Queens

Our queens owe their exceptional hardiness to careful preservation of pioneer stock originally introduced to the remote Olympic Peninsula of Washington State by early settlers over a century ago. These unmanaged feral colonies have thrived in continual isolation, adapting to the harsh fungus-rich environment of the world′s largest temperate rainforest.

Decades of natural selection, in these cool damp conditions have created resilient survivors with excellent mite-resistance, hygienic behavior, and remarkable nosema tolerance, associated with their extreme pollen hoarding behavior

All our queens are grafted from untreated breeder stock, and are naturally-mated to our Wild Survivor Drone lines which are maintained to be the predominant genetics of our closed-population mating yards.
By regular inclusion of VSH/SMR and USDA Primorsky Russian stock acquired from proven reliable sources, we consistently produce a hardy 3-way cross that exhibits the most desirable traits of each.

For more about the history and details surrounding our feral stock, read here…