2020 Mated Carniolan Queens from £36 deposit £5

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Mated Carniolan Queen Bee - Apis Mellifera Carnica

About Apis Mellifera Carnica

We are now taking reservation for 2020 mated carniolan queens. £5 deposit is paid to reserve your queen, the balance of £31 will be invoiced when the queens are ready. Please do bear in mind the dates are provisional and the weeks may slip back depending on the weather.  As soon as we have information on dates we will email you with an update.

The Carniolan bees are well suited to our UK climate, they over-winter well and carry a smaller cluster of bees through the coldest periods, which is a clever strategy as this means they do not need quite as much food as some of the other breeds and strains of bees available. They have a superb temperament, we have received so many emails telling us how the Carniolan bees are a pleasure to handle and require very little or no smoke during a hive inspection.

Affectionately known as the "Grey Grizzly Bee", the Carniolan has excellent hive orientation and flying ability adapted from its lineage in the diverse region of Carniola. The Carniolan is a calm character and is now probably the most popular breed of bee kept by non-commercial keepers.

They are not known as "robbing bees" and they also have a low tendency to propolise everything in sight, which makes your inspections much easier.

With very rapid colony development in the spring, good disease resistance, and their famous calm temperament, the Carniolan bee is a great all-rounder that is very hard to beat.

We highly recommend this breed to newcomers and experienced bee keepers as they are a joy to work with and can produce high quality honey for your reward.


These F1 Queens originate from Greece. All our queens are naturally open mated. We do not sell artificially inseminated queens (AI).

All our queens come marked, Blue for 2020.

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 the week you request, we cannot always guarantee this however we do keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched so that you are aware your queen is on her way.

Delivery options

  • 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
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.

If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.

Many thanks
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.
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