Harvest Lane Honey 3 lb. Package Of Live Carniolan Honeybees

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Harvest Lane Honey 3 lb. Package Of Live Carniolan Honeybees

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Click Here to Learn More Harvest Lane live Carniolan Honey Bees (Apis mellifera carnica) are a subspecies of the western honey bee. They are dark with brown spots or bands and are a favorite bee in the U.S. Their explosive spring buildup enables them to grow rapidly in population and take advantage of early blooms in the spring compared to other species of bees. They are extremely docile and can be worked with little smoke and protective clothing. Carniola bees are less prone to robbing other colonies of honey, lowering disease transmission among colonies. They thrive in colder climates and are good builders of wax combs.
Due to their rapid buildup, Carniolan bees have a high propensity to swarm (their effort to relieve overcrowding) and this could leave the beekeeper with a very poor honey crop. Because of this, this species requires continued vigilance to prevent the loss of swarms.

Carniolan bees are favored among beekeepers for several reasons, not the least being its ability to defend itself successfully against insect pests while at the same time being extremely gentle in its behavior toward beekeepers. These bees are particularly adept at adjusting worker population to nectar availability. It relies on these rapid adjustments of population levels to rapidly expand worker bee populations after nectar becomes available in the spring, and, again, to rapidly cut off brood production when nectar ceases to be available in quantity. It meets periods of high nectar with high worker populations and consequently stores large quantities of honey and pollen during those periods. They are resistant to some diseases and parasites that can debilitate hives of other subspecies.


Product Features:


  • Each package contains: 1 screen box with 3 pounds of Carniolan bees (approximately 10,000 - 12,000 bees), 1 mated queen (in a corked cage) and a feeding supplement all sourced from Harvest Lane Honey
  • Bees ship between April and May. You will receive notice when your order ships
  • High number of bees going into spring; tendency to swarm
  • Above average honey production
  • Adjusts brood building when needed
  • Thrive in colder, northern climates; bees will gather in cold/overcast weather
  • Gentle and non-aggressive making them easier to work with
  • Increased resistance to brood diseases
  • Not as prone to robbing honey from other hives relative to the Italian honey bee
  • Good for a first time beekeeper
  • Workers live up to 12% longer than other sub-species


DISCLAIMER: Harvest Lane Honey will NOT refund any package bees or shipping costs. Customer assumes full responsibility for package bees and shipping costs.

Live bees are sensitive and should be installed within 24 hours. Keep in a cool dark room prior to installing.

Please do not transport your bees in a secondary container (i.e. plastic container). Package Bees need air flow. Do not place your bees in direct sunlight or in direct wind.


There are approximately 10,000-12,000 bees per individual 3lb. box. Harvest Lane Honey has supplied you with more than 3lbs. of bees as there is an expected shrinkage of up to 10%. This is common and to be expected. You will also receive a young Mated Queen. We offer no guarantee (implied, oral or written) for any of our bees or Queens. We must do this simply because we have no control over what you do with your Bees. Once you receive them, you are fully responsible for any and all losses or accidents. All payments for Queens and Bee packages are non-refundable. If for some reason you find that a Queen Bee is deceased, please contact customer service within 24 hours. Proof of the deceased Queen Bee must be provided (picture) in order for a new Queen Bee to be shipped directly to you. Harvest Lane Honey will not ship re-placement queens on Friday-Sunday and or Holidays.

*Orders will ship starting in April through the month of May*

Bees will ship UPS, Check tracking numbers for up to date delivery information.


Please note that this is a special order item. Your payment method for these items will be charged  at the time of shipment. 

*Please check tracking number to ensure someone is able to receive the package of bees in person.*