Honey Bee Genetics

Disease Resistant Bees

Our Bees are the best

Located in sunny California, our temperate weather produces the highest quality of bees year round. Our queens and bees are the best in the industry, because they have the best combination of wonderful weather and beekeepers with the greatest expertise and heart! Located in the sunny Sacramento Valley of central California, our bees enjoy the ideal climate for breeding queens. The spring temperatures are warm and the rain is just enough to stimulate lots of bee forage in the numerous agricultural fields, which are fallow during this time of year.

This same good weather creates the oppurtunity for virgin queens to mate with our plentiful drones. This contributes directly to a queen's ability to lay a full compliment of eggs for one to two years. These queens in our own colonies produce large quantities of well nourished bees that can be prepared into our package bees during April and May. Our packages install easily and establish strong hives with good amounts of honey during the first season.

Tabor Hybrid Italians

Our reputation for Disease Resistant bees began with the Taber Italian.

This stock is selected for gentleness and tracheal mite resistance. It is a dark Italian which raises large brood nests in the spring but is not quick to swarm.

The bees are hygienic to clean up brood diseases at an early stage, before they spread and contaminate the colony. Our customers tell us that this line is an excellent honey producer.


Breeding bees for resistance

How do we breed our disease resistant bees?


Steve began this business in 1979, to breed a Disease Resistant stock of bees which was "hygienic" in its ability to clean up American Foulbrood. He inseminated a breeder with just one drone, from another line with the same characteristics. In this unique way, selection could be made in one generation to change the behavior of the entire resulting line. This stock was later shown to also be resistant to Chalkbrood Disease. Today from research in Germany and Minnesota, we know this behavior is also involved in resistance to Varroa mites. Our first breeding step with any new stock is to test and find this trait. The queens and their offspring will all have hygienic Disease Resistance.

Russian Carniolan Bees

In 1993, the USDA chose Honey Bee Genetics to breed a "Yugo" Carniolan Stock using Instrumental Insemination.  Five years later, a second import was released from Eastern Russia. 

On the Primorski Peninsula, Carniolan Honey Bees had been brought all of the way from the Carnica Mountains in Yugoslavia. 

By moving to an area where mites existed on the Asian Honey Bee, it is believed the Carniolans had been parasitized by mites for one hundred years.  

This gentle, gray black bee has shown excellent resistance toVarroa and tracheal mites and so should not require as much mite treatment as other lines. 

These bees over winter very well and build up fast in the spring. This is an excellent choice for beekeepers who are experiencing losses caused by mites or beginning beekeepers who desire bees which take care of themselves. 

The use of chemicals has not been available to control this mite, so the resulting bees have developed a natural resistance. This stock is also a gentle and productive Carniolan bee which will please commercial beekeepers because of the excellent honey production.

Russian Yugo Carniolan

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