Italian honey bees, of the subspecies Apis mellifera ligustica, were brought to the U.S. in 1859. They quickly became the favored bee stock in this country and remain so to this day. Known for their extended periods of brood rearing, Italian bees can build colony populations in the spring and maintain them for the entire summer. They are less defensive and less prone to disease than their German counterparts, and they are excellent honey producers. They also are very lightly colored, ranging from a light leather hue to an almost lemon yellow, a trait that is highly coveted by many beekeepers for its aesthetic appeal.
Despite their popularity, Italian bees have some drawbacks. First, because of their prolonged brood rearing, they may consume surplus honey in the hive if supers (removable upper sections where honey is stored) are not removed immediately after the honey flow stops. Second, they are notorious kleptoparasites and frequently rob the honey stores of weaker or dead neighboring colonies. This behavior may pose problems for Italian beekeepers who work their colonies during times of nectar dearth, and it may cause the rapid spread of transmittable diseases among hives.
- Rapid Spring buildup
- Mild tempered
- Easy to manage
- Prolific brood builders
- Known to be honey robbers
- Strong comb builders
- Excellent foragers
- Excellent honey producers
- Does well in Southern warm climates
- This package of Italian bees will include a cage, hard candy, queen, and 3 pounds of bees (approximately 10, 000 - 12,000 bees).
- These bees are sourced from Harvest Lane Honey.
- Use these bees in new hives, or replace existing hives with them.
- These are live bees, and are sensitive to the environment. Bees need to be installed within 24 hours of receipt - weather permitting. Bees need to be protected from direct wind, sunlight, heat or extreme cold while in their cage. Packages will have some death of bees due to the life cycle of the bees. 1%-10% is acceptable.
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DISCLAIMER: All payments for queens and bee packages are NON REFUNDABLE once shipped. You may cancel at any point until you receive a shipment confirmation email. These are live insects and must ship next day air for delivery. When purchasing a mail order package you assume FULL responsibility. We offer no guarantee--implied, oral or written for any of package bees or queens. We are NOT responsible for package bees or queens left at the delivery location (customer assumes FULL responsibility). These are live insects and cannot withstand being exposed in their cages in the elements.
Note: Shipment is expected sometime between mid-April and mid-May depending on where your order is in the order queue. Timeline is subject to change dependent upon weather conditions. The quantity of bees is limited. They are only available while supplies last.