Ligustica Queen from £40 deposit £5
Mated Ligustica Queen Bee - Apis Mellifera Ligustica
We are now taking reservations for 2021 mated Ligustica queens. £5 deposit is paid to reserve your queen, the balance of £35 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 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 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.
The Ligustica queens are bred in either Romania or Greece are naturally open mated and come marked, White for 2021.
You can learn more about the Carniolan Queen as well as different queen strains here.
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
- Special delivery £6.00 - you need to sign for this service. This service guarantees you get the queen the day after we post not the day after you order.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing we are contacted immediately, either by email or telephone. We will replace a dead queen once only.
Further advice about queen introduction can be found here.
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.