🏆Breeding and improving our native bee…- BIBBA

My queens are naturally open mated, but I have been flooding the vicinity of my apiary with drones from my own native dark bees.  Each year I over-winter more colonies of bees than I need, keeping only the best and requeening those that do not come up to my criteria. My selection programme is based on the ability of my bees to overwinter strongly, together with disease resistance, docility, productivity, colour and more. For this talk, I will explain how I am still able to selectively rear quality queens of our dark native bee, despite having some neighbours who are not all using native bees.

Part of a series of webinars on Bee Improvement. These webinars are appropriate for all beekeepers. The emphasis will be on using bees that will thrive and survive in the locality they are kept in.

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09 Mar 2021


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm








  • Keith Pierce

    Keith has been beekeeping for more than 30 years, selectively rearing dark native Irish honey bees Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm).  Keith’s home and main mating apiary is just on the outskirts of Dublin city, with the bees foraging over the extensive area of the Phoenix Park and the Liffey Valley, including the gardens of suburban Castleknock.

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