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Live Italian Honey Bees, 3 lb. Package

SKU: 129279099
Live Italian Honey Bees, 3 lb. Package
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  • The cost of shipping is included in the price.
  • Live bees are sold in package quantities of 3 pounds (approximately 10,000 to 12,000 bees).
  • Live bees are expected to ship sometime between mid-April and mid-May.
  • The live bees will ship via UPS overnight to the address you provide.
  • TSC store delivery is not available.
  • You must be home on the day of delivery to receive the bees.
  • There will be no refunds for refusals
  • Please review disclaimer below.

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TSC of mount pleasant #690
240 cross roads plz
mount pleasant, PA 15666
(724) 547-5610
TSC of mount pleasant #690
240 cross roads plz
mount pleasant, PA 15666
(724) 547-5610
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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
  • Hygienic
  • 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.
As a bee keeper, whether new or experienced, you may find yourself with questions or maybe you just want to connect with other bee keepers in your area. One of the best resources you have available to you on a local level will be your state's Beekeepers Association. Find yours below and reach out and join the bee community.
Click Here For Beekeepers Association Information

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.

Specification Description
Brand: Harvest Lane Honey
Number of Pieces: 1
Package Width: 7 in.
Package Height: 11 in.
Package Weight: 7 lb.
Package Length: 17 in.
Manufacturer Part Number BEESIT-101
Live Italian Honey Bees, 3 lb. Package is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong healthy bees I bought a box of the Italian bees last year. They are doing great and produced more honey than I expected for the first season. Going crazy working already. I Bought a second box for this season. No problems..
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bees packaged along with hive beetles Ordered a package of bees last spring, they arrived in good condition from the trip. However not only did the bees not come from a regional apiary as we were led to believe they would be by the map of apiaries shown as suppliers ( they sent CA bees to MO) while emptying the bees into the hive, we watched as a LARGE amount of hive beetles came directly out of the package along with the bees. Tractor supply was notified, but did not make any attempt to rectify the situation. We fought this infestation all year, and the package was not able to build up strongly enough to make it through the first few weeks of cold weather in the fall, even though they were well fed and cared for.
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bees. Purchased them last year. Received in April. The queen has a great brood pattern. They did amazing this year but I lost them as winter started because of varroa mite load.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bees were delivered happy. The queen cage did not have candy in it, only a cork. I had one of my queens fall out when taking the cork out while putting them into the hive. If you are new to bees, that is an added stress to the process. Pretty pricey for this product, but needed the convince of delivery.
Date published: 2018-05-26
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Is the queen in the package marked with a color on the back of her head, denoting that she is the queen and the year she was born?

Asked by: DKBRAUN
Our queens are not marked. Marking queens can be risky. To ensure you have a healthy undamaged bee we don't mark them.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-01-22

Will the Bee’s survive winter in Virginia, and dose this product come with a Queen?

Asked by: AutexG
Thank you for your question. Yes they will. Yes she comes in a separate little box with the bees.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-03-05

Where do the bees come from what state or who is the beekeeper?

Asked by: Jord90
Thank you for your question. Northern California. All packages have a health certificate and are good strong bees.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-01-28

Will these bees do well in Texas? It gets very hot and humid.

Asked by: LizzyBees
Hi! Yes your bee's will do well in Texas. Thanks Heidi
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-03-28

What state are the bees originating from? Are they overwintered?

Asked by: Beemama6
Our bees originate from California. No they are not overwintered.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-01-21

Do the bees come with specific instructions for transferring them from the package to the brood box?

Asked by: downhilldon
A tutorial video can be found on YouTube by searching "How To Install HLH Shipped Package Bees." Hope this helps!
Answered by: TSCJenny
Date published: 2019-03-22

Are the queens in the packages "marked" before delivery ?

Asked by: BeeKind
Yes they're in queen cages. There will be a cork in the cage you will replace it with a marshmallow put her back in the hive and the bees will eat the marshmallow to release her.
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-02-21

Does less defensive mean they don’t sting?  Just wondering if they are like some of the non stinging European breeds. 

Asked by: 6Jlg
Thank you for your question. Less defensive mean you're less likely to be stung. It doesn't mean that you won't get stung. The bee's are more calm than other breeds. Thanks Heidi
Answered by: QUEEN BEE
Date published: 2019-03-05
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