Queens are local Maryland bred
Our queen bee breeding program is at the heart of our success with honeybees. In order to maintain our genetic lines we employ an instrumental method to inseminate our breeder queens. Some of our genetics come from the USDA bee labs as well as our best survivor stock. We select our queens based on many factors which include their ability to over winter, VSH, gentle temperament, hygiene, resistance to mites, honey production and brood patterns. These combined factors keep hives healthy, productive and less stressed.
Pollinator Hybrid Line Info
Background of the development of Pol-line queens (Source Tom Glenn)
Bees with the trait of varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH), which have good resistance to the mites, were tested by researchers at the USDA Bee Breeding Lab in Baton Rouge, LA, for several seasons in a commercial migratory beekeeping operation focused on crop pollination. Colonies were created from outcrossed VSH queens (that is, matings were not controlled, a method used by most large-scale beekeepers). Colonies were shipped nationwide and used to pollinate almonds in California, apples in New York, low-bush blueberries in Maine and cranberries in Massachusetts, followed by late summer honey production in New York. VSH colonies performed well in terms of survival, populations of bees, and resistance to varroa mites. The best-surviving VSH colonies from each year were propagated to form the Pol-line breeding population with enhanced genetics for both mite resistance and behavior related to crop pollination.
Our Pollinator Hybrid line of honeybee queens are without a doubt the best line of bees we've made so far in our queen breeding program. We've combined genetics from the USDA Pollinator line with our best survivor stock. In the state of Maryland, where the honeyflow comes hard and fast, we've been able to make on average of 80lbs of honey per hive that contained these queens. The winter survivor colonies maintained solid populations and were able to maintain sustainable levels of brood without depleting its winter stores.
We ship all queens using USPS Priority or USPS Express. If you choose USPS Priority queens can take up to 4 days to arrive.