Our Bees

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Our preferred bees are the local mix, mutts, especially feral bees. Feral honey bees are more resilient and healthy.

We also have several breeds:

Italian bees
Apis mellifera ligustica is the Italian bee which is a subspecies of the western honey bee. (Source: Google)
Scientific name: Apis mellifera ligustica
Higher classification: Western honey bee
Rank: Subspecies
Buckfast bees
The Buckfast bee is a strain of the honey bee. It is a man-made bee race, a cross of many strains of bees, developed by “Brother Adam”, who was in charge of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey in the United Kingdom, where the bees are still bred today. (Source: Google)
Scientific name: Apis mellifera
Higher classification: Western honey bee
Rank: Hybrid
Hutchings Bees

They are Ontario bred descendants of the English ‘black’ bee.

In 1800’s Debbie Hutchings’s ancestors brought the honeybees with them from England. They are gentle, little dark bees which winter in small clusters, that explode when the spring comes. If you don’t keep ahead of them they will swarm, as they are very prolific producers. This breed was never treated with any medication or chemicals. (Source: debbeesbees.ca)