This package includes one Marked Italian Queen Honey Bee. Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, are the most popular type of honey bees. Originating from the continental part of Italy, south of the Alps and north of Sicily, they are adaptable to most climates ranging from subtropical to cool temperate. Italian queen bees are known to be very fertile and will lay Italian worker bee eggs, hence creating a colony of Italian honey bees.
Italian honey bees are known to be industrious, clean, reluctant to swarm, strong comb builders and excellent foragers. They are also known to be inclined to excessive brood rearing, more prone to robbing, and tend to forage over shorter distances. They also can consume more food in the winter due to them not forming as tight of a cluster needed to maintain the heat of the colony as well as more food in the fall due to the prolonged brood production.
The international queen bee marking color for 2024 is green, so our marked Italian queens will be marked with a small dot of green paint on her back (thorax).
- 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.