Many of my foraging bees are my new Italians, and I still have a good amount of what appears to be a Russian hybrid, as they are very dark in color remaining from the package.
My Italians are bringing in huge bundles of pollen, probably 4x’s the size as the Russians. And it is consistent every time I go and watch the entrance. The Russians bring in little petite bundles of pollen and then an Italian will follow with two giant bundles.
The Italians are definitely much younger bees potentially 4-5 weeks younger depending on how old the Russians were when I got the package. Is age the more significant piece of data over the much better foraging or does subspecies make much more of a difference? Any opinions on this?