Buckfast queens and bees for sale
It is a breed of bee known to have been selected for several generations for its honey production, its softness and its hygienic side. It is an ideal bee for the amateurs because it is very pleasant to drive and perfect for the professionals.
The monk and the bees Buckfast
The story of the Buckfast bee takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century, to the heart of an abbey in England and its beekeeping estate. It is here that a Benedictine monk, Brother Adam, will put into practice all his passion for honey and his knowledge in beekeeping to create the first line of bees Buckfast. It is the result of a cross between the Apis mellifera mellifera bee (black bee), a race then widely spread in England, and a meticulous selection of Apis mellifera ligustica bee strains (known as Italian bee). A devastating disease among the bee colonies of the time inspired the real work of geneticist of Brother Adam. Thanks to his extensive study, his international network and by isolating the most resistant races, a particularly robust and productive species of bee was born: the fascinating Adam’s brother bee, the Buckfast bee.
- Strong production of honey,
- Greater gentleness of the bees,
- A lower tendency to swarm,
- Important vitality of the queen to lay eggs,
- Hardiness, ability of the swarm to adapt to its environment,
- Very good resistance of bees to brood diseases.
The strengths and advantages of the Buckfast bee
This Buckfast bee is also hygienic: these hard-working bees carefully clean their hive, which makes maintenance easier for the beekeeper. Workers and queens are robust and disease resistant. Finally, the queens are prolific and lay in good quantity when the period is propitious which makes consequent broods.
Queen of sweetness
A few shortcomings though
Although endowed with many qualities, the Buckfast bee and its breeding can involve small constraints to know.