At the moment we are producing locally adapted mongrels that get the job done.

Plans ahead

  • In 2020 we will be receiving several UK bred AMM queens from differing UK stock.
  • By 2021 we hope to be instrumentally inseminating our own AMM queens for sale.

Apis mellifera mellifera, the Dark European Honey Bee, is a frugal (great for Yorkshire beekeepers!wink), non-prolific, hardy bee with low swarming inclination. The black bee was the original native honey bee in our part of the world; ideally suited to our climate with a low temperature flying ability (c. 5°C).

In the meantime, we do produce some lovely gentle queens from locally adapted, mixed-race, genetically-diverse bees. These are usually available during the summer months.

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