The Carniolan Bee

History

The Carniolan honey Bee (Apis Meliifera Carnica) is native to Western Europe, specifically Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Hungary and Serbia and are called Carnolians or 'Carnies' for short. They have been around for thousands of years and are popular choice for bee keepers. They are the second most common types to be kept after Italian Bees.

Behaviour

The Carnolian Bee is well adapted to different situations and an excellent forager. They seem to manage their colony well and produce workers when nectar is high, but able to sense when things are not going so well and reduce numbers accordingly. Their self population control is one of the reasons they do so well. They have a good sense of orientation and tend not to drift the way that Italians do.

Carnies will fiercely defend their colony from attack by wasps, but are calm and non aggressive towards the beekeeper. They make an ideal bee for the first time beekeepers due to their docile nature and good honey production. They make good wax comb which can be used for candle making etc.

When winter comes they have a high survival rate within the small colony and do well in areas with long winters.

They will feed all day and even when it is cold and wet, plus workers live longer generally than any other breed. However they do less favourably in hot summers and can have a tendency to swarm if they become over crowded. Unless the queen is marked, it will be nearly impossible to find her.

Status

Common

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