At the moment we are producing locally adapted mongrels that get the job done.
- In 2020 we will be receiving several UK bred AMM queens from differing Irish 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!), 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.
info "at" amm-queens.co.uk
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