I have a question with regard to the varroa mite. I understand it is still a problem, and hives are still treated. However, I know a man who received a hive of Russian bees from a Russian friend, and he has never treated his hive for anything, ever. They survive from year to year even though he doesn't know how to tend them in their home-made hive. I gave him a second hive super and a honey super so they would have some room. Any thoughts on an unattended hive faring so well? He gave me permission to take a few combs to start my own hive. Considering their resilience, I intend to do so this spring.