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Queen Bees

Sample brood pattern of laying queen

North Carolina Queens

We're making major changes to our bee yards so unfortunately we won't have NC queens available for 2017. But please check back in late spring to see what's new at Tate's Apiaries.

Southern Georgia Queens

We will be offering unmarked queens from Southern Georgia starting with the first pick up of packages around March 22nd.

Price: $32 each. Please specify pickup location and date when you order. If you want your queens marked, specify marked queen when ordering. Add $4 for marked queens. Full payment (check or money order) is due by March 1st.

How to order:

Call us at 336-788-4554

Questions? Please browse our FAQs >

Carniolan Queens

The subspecies A. m. carnica, from middle Europe, also has been a favored bee stock in the U.S. for several reasons. First, their explosive spring buildup enables this race to grow rapidly in population and take advantage of blooms that occur much earlier in the spring, compared to other stocks. Second, they are extremely docile and can be worked with little smoke and protective clothing. Third, they are much less prone to robbing other colonies of honey, lowering disease transmission among colonies. Finally, they are very good builders of wax combs, which can be used for products ranging from candles, to soaps, to cosmetics.

Because of their rapid buildup, however, carniolan bees tend to have a high propensity to swarm (their effort to relieve overcrowding) and, therefore, may leave the beekeeper with a very poor honey crop. This stock requires continued vigilance to prevent the loss of swarms.

Hygienic Italian Queens

Italian honey bees, of the subspecies Apis mellifera ligustica, were brought to the U.S. in 1859. They quickly became the favored bee stock in this country and remain so to this day. Known for their extended periods of brood rearing, Italian bees can build colony populations in the spring and maintain them for the entire summer. They are less defensive and less prone to disease than their German counterparts, and they are excellent honey producers. They also are very lightly colored, ranging from a light leather hue to an almost lemon yellow, a trait that is highly coveted by many beekeepers for its aesthetic appeal.

A result of the work of Dr. Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota. These bees are bred to have a high degree of hygienic behavior known to be effective against diseases of the brood such as American foulbrood and chalkbrood. This trait is thought to be two behaviors acting in synergy, the uncapping of diseased cells, then the removal of the pathogen along with the pupae, effectively disrupting the disease lifecycle.