Tests using mark-recapture of cordovan drones show that beekeepers in southwest Guatemala can control at least 70% of the matings of their queens by using drone flooding techniques. When Europeanderived stocks are used, such control should be sufficient to avoid most of the problems associated with Africanized honey bees. We assume that the beekeepers will monitor their colonies closely and requeen when necessary with marked queens derived from selected or imported breeding stock. With these practices beekeepers in Guatemala should be able to maintain bees more desirable than the highly Africanized bees they had previously.
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