One of the main threats to the honeybee is the emergence of Varroa and Tracheal mites, vectors of disease which were first observed in. LA imported the first Russian Queens. The Lab realized that the Russian Honeybee lost their genetically inherent hygienic trait when. Local honey's beneficial properties far outweigh those of the mass produced honey you can buy at the store, which is often ultra-. Honey labeled organic is usually shipped far distances from Northern Canada or South America.
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Russian Queens. USDA scientists have imported a strain of honeybee from Russia which are naturally resistant to Varroa mites. The imported queens were selected from bees which had been exposed to mite infestation for nearly a century. If natural selection can produce tolerance to Varroa, then these bees may be our best bet. The new Russian strain has gone through a quarantine and testing period since , and are now being released to American beekeepers. In the trans-Siberian railroad was completed, opening eastern Russia to the rest of Europe. The European honeybee was imported into this area which had only been inhabited by the Asian honey bee Apis cerana, the natural host of Varroa mites.
The Russian honeybee refers to honey bees Apis mellifera that originate in the Primorsky Krai region of Russia. Many Russian queens openly mate with drones from various stock, creating colonies that are genetically hybrid. These stocks are bred and DNA tested for resistance to varroa mites and increased honey production. Their charge is as follows: "The primary purpose of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association is to maintain and improve the genetic lines of Russian honey bees through prorogation and selective breeding.
We specialize in Russian mated queens and Russian nucleus hives. Our queens can be shipped anywhere in the U. A little more about us: We are not a registered member of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association, but we still manage all of our yards in accordance with the RHBA standards and hold them in highest regard. Each year we continue to cycle stock with certified members of the RHBA.