2020 Mated Mellifera Mellifera Queens from £36 deposit £5
Mated Mellifera Mellifera Queen - Apis Mellifera Mellifera
About Apis Mellifera Mellifera
We are now taking reservation for 2020 mated Mellifera Mellifera 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 Mellifera Mellifera are often referred to as the European dark bee, they are quite dark in colour and with stocky bodies. The colonies can build up quite big and the bees are generally quiet on the comb although it is said they run more than other races. The cappings they produce are generally whiter in colour but is also dependent on what they forage on.
The brood rearing starts early in spring; they have a lower tendency to swarm and they are very good at defending the nest against pests i.e. the wasps! Apis Mellifera Mellifera are not a race that are inclined to rob its neighbouring hives. They have excellent flight strength even in cold weather with a strong drive to bring in pollen. It is said that the workers and queens have a longer life than other races.
These F1 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.
- 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.
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.