The numbers of Russian bee colonies in the US
The number of official Russian queen breeders is limited; it is less than 10 (7?).
The number of Russian bee colonies in the US is about several hundred thousand. Unfortunately, there is no official data about their total population.
Currently, I am trying to obtain more accurate information. I would be happy to receive further information (with relevant source citations) regarding the presence of Russian bee colonies in America.
Confirmed Numbers: "Jester bee company" - about 1500 colonies; "Harper's Honey Farm" - about 400 colonies;
Unconfirmed Numbers: "Golden Ridge Honey Farm" - about 1200 colonies. More details are coming soon.
In addition, I would be happy to receive and publish on my web site comments from beekeepers who have worked with Russian bees.