Caucasian Honeybee Characteristics
Be sure to check out our Frank Benton International Beekeeping Association page. It has very important information about the Caucasian honey bee and the origons of the Caucasian honey bee in the Republic of Georgia.
The 2016 USDA National Honey Bee survey diagnostic report is in. With a sample size of 1119 bees from our apiaries, the lab found only two varroa mites which is less than ninety percent of the total survey results. There wasn't any Nosema spores found which is absolutely excellent. We feel that this supports what we have found from experience with this line of Caucasian bees.
Until we completely transition over completely to the Georgian stock, there could be mis-mating to other races of bees located in our area. This problem has been reduced greatly in 2020 but work still needs to be done.
Starting in 2015, we began producing the Cobey stock for shipment to beekeepers in the U.S. We will be maintaining at least two different bloodlines of the Georgian stock to create genetic diversity within this race of bees. These will be open mated queens mated to drones from drone producing colonies. These colonies will have frames of drone comb to produce large populations of drones to mate to the virgin queens. To make it possible to distribute this stock to as many beekeepers as possible, we will be shipping a very limited number of packages with more emphasis on producing queens. Due to the quality of the Georgian stock, we began exclusively breeding that stock starting in 2016.
Our shipping season will continue from the second week of May until mid-September, depending on the weather. Have a honey of a bee year!