Posted by: michelenel | 25 July, 2019

Happiness is….Finding Black Bees

I am so excited to see that one of our hives has a lot of new bees that appear to be native black bees. This means that we have black bees somewhere near us that have bred with one of our queens. The reason this is such good news, is that they nearly died out in the UK and a few apiaries around the UK are working very hard to get them back because they are better suited to our weather, are good honey producers but eat far less honey than the now common Italian bees.
You can see a mix of bees as the queen is not a native black bee herself and she can also be inseminated by multiple drones (male bees) on her mating flight.

#heskethhouse #heskethemporium #heskethhouseapiary #backyardbeekeeping #backyardbees #sewityourself

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