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2021 Marked, Mated, and in JZBZ Cages Pick Up at Store Only in Colorado Springs.  We do NOT ship queens.  Pre-Order and Pay now.  When queens ship, we will contact you for an appointment to pick up the queen at our store in Colorado Springs.

All orders are final. There will be a $20 re-stocking fee on unwanted queens that have not left the store.  There are NO REFUNDS on queens...once you leave the store, she is yours.  

The Italian honey bee is thought to originate from the central and upper southern regions of continental Italy and are known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They show excellent resistance to tracheal mites and are great comb builders. Queens produced from this breeder are open-mated with all of their stock for genetic diversity and hybrid vigor.  Italian brood up quickly in the spring, tend to be low to moderate propolis producers and are excellent honey producers.  Extremely gentle bees--winter well in Colorado and are great for beginners.

Italian traits:

  • gentleness
  • very prolific
  • less inclined to swarm
  • white honey cappings
  • cleanliness
  • resistance to diseases, especially for the darker sub-variety
  • willing to enter supers
  • excellent comb builders
Species: A. Mellifera
Subspecies: A. m. ligustica
Genus: Apis

NOTICE:  You cannot install a queen by herself into an empty hive or she will die.   You must have some worker bees in order for her to survive.

Preparing Your Hive to Accept Your Queen:  In order for a hive to accept a new queen, you must make sure that your hive is queen-less.  Queenless means that there isn't a virgin queen in there (which happens after a hive swarms).  A hive "in transition" after it has swarmed will need about three weeks for a virgin queen to become mated and begin to lay eggs.  Many times, a hive will recognize a queen cell as their queen or a laying worker as their queen and reject a new queen that you introduce.  A hive may also be queen-less if the queen, for some reason has become old or injured and has died.  Before introducing a new queen, make sure you have removed any virgin queens, laying worker, or queen cells and give them 24 to 48 hours to realize they are queen-less.  Hives with hot or Africanized genetics are typically harder to re-queen...try smoking the hive a bit to get rid of old pheromone and use a re-queening frame.