2019 Mated Romainian Ligustica Queen from £39
Mated Ligustica Queen Bee - Apis Mellifera Ligustica
About Apis Mellifera Ligustica
Ligustica is one of the more popular strains of honey bee. There are in fact 2 sub-varieties of the Italian honey bee and there are notable difference between the two strains. The darker colour Italian bee is more favoured for honey yields and reproduction than the more yellowish bee.
The Italian honey bee is known for its gentleness and most beekeepers find them a pleasure to handle. They display a good hygienic behaviour and their resistance to disease is very good, especially the darker sub-variety. They are less inclined to swarm, willing to enter supers and are excellent comb builders. The queens are very prolific building up to big colonies early in the season. They produce white honey cappings, are excellent honey gatherers as well as being low propolis users which are ideal characteristics for hobbyist and commercial beekeepers alike.
There are a few drawbacks, they have a strong urge for brood reading regardless of nectar flow and they have a poorer sense of orientation meaning they are more prone to drifting and robbing than other races. They also need notably more stores in preparation for winter, but they do over-winter extremely well.
These F1 Mated Ligustica Queens are the darker sub-variety. They are naturally open mated. We do not sell artificially inseminated queens (AI).
All our queens come marked, Green for 2019, we do not clip wings.
About delivery & Ordering
Our first are available from around early April but this is weather dependant. Whilst we will do our best to send the queens to week you request, we cannot always guarantee this. We do however keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched.
We cannot specify the day of the week your queen will be sent out, but they are usually ready towards the end of the week.
- 1st class post no extra cost
- 1st class signed £3.05 - you need to sign for this service
- Guaranteed next day delivery £7.00 - you need to sign for this service
- Orders of 4 or more queens posted together will be sent Guaranteed next day at no extra cost - you will need to sign for them
Live queens are posted under your instruction and any losses by royal mail may need to be followed up yourselves. We keep proof of posting for all queen orders posted. Please see our delivery information page for more information regarding the delivery of live bees.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing we are contacted immediately, either by email or telephone and the cage is returned unopened the same day. We will replace a dead queen once only.
Prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing the cage is returned unopened, immediately and we are contacted via email or telephone the same day. A queen will be replaced once only.
If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.
Becky & Rob
You may also consider using a queen introduction cage; this cage fits directly onto a comb with brood and increases the acceptance rate of the queens.
We request that all buyers of bees and queens register their colonies with Beebase the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and also supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes along with the Healthy Bees Plan, all of which help to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. There are no costs involved with registering with Beebase, instead it gives you, the beekeeper, the security to know that should a bee health problem arise in your area, your local bee inspector will notify you about it, and if necessary come and inspect your colonies, free of charge.
By buying your bees and queens from us you are giving us permission to pass your details on the NBU if they request this information from us. If you don't give us permission to pass you details onto them in the event they request them then please let us know at the time of ordering.