This 3 pound package includes 9,000 to 12,000 Italian honey bees and one marked queen. There are approximately 3,000 to 4,000 honey bees per pound. Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera lingustica, are the most popular type of honey bees. Originating from the continental part of Italy, south of the Alps and North of Sicily, since they are adaptable to most climates ranging from subtropitcal to cool temperate they are less successful in humid tropical regions. Italian honey bees are industrious and hygienic bees that are reluctant to swarm. They build strong comb and use little propolis which makes tending the hive a bit easier. They are also excellent foragers, although they tend to forage over shorter distances than other types of bees. Italian honey bees are less able to cope with hard winters and cool, wet springs because they don’t form very tight winter clusters which make them prone to losing their heat faster. They also have a tendency to raise brood into late fall. Because of these reasons, they tend to consume more food which means you will need to leave more food on for them in the late fall, winter and early spring months if you live in more northern regions of the US.
- We ONLY allow local pickup of bees.
- We’ve partnered with GloryBee for ease of pickup. You can pick up your bees at GloryBee 29548 B Airport Road, Eugene, OR 97402
- You can pick up bees Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Bee packages not picked up by 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 20th, will be considered abandoned and will be sold to someone waiting onsite. We cannot facilitate hiving any remaining packages and will sell hives to customers on our waiting list. We must sell all packaged bees before the end of the event on Saturday, April 20th. We do not offer refunds for any bees not picked up.
Down To Earth does not guarantee the successful establishment of a colony or hiving of the packaged bees. We do our best to provide all customers with thriving, healthy bees, but we do not assume responsibility once the bees leave the pickup site. Down To Earth is not responsible for the survival or productivity of the hive and therefore, does not offer refunds or replacements. We do not guarantee that a queen(s) will be successfully introduced to or will be accepted by your hive. Down To Earth is not responsible for queen survival in your hive, or for the condition or productivity of your hive after introduction.
Caution: Live bees are purchased at your own risk. Bee stings may cause allergic reactions in some people.
Customers need to speak with a salesperson at Down To Earth to request a refund. Call Down To Earth at 541-342-6820. Refunds will not be authorized via email or through voicemail. All pre-ordered packaged bees or queen(s) must be picked up by 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 20th or they will be considered abandoned and sold to someone waiting onsite. The last day to order is April 5, 2024. No refunds after April 5, 2024.