Select the Bee Best For You

Not sure what breed is best for you? Read below for the main characteristics of each breed.

 Saskatraz – Customer Favorite:

  • Known for excellent honey production
  • Good wintering ability
  • Selected for increased varroa tolerance and resistance to brood diseases
  • Show increased hygienic behavior


  • Calm and gentle
  • Easy to manage
  • Strong
  • Great honey production
  • Great for all environments
  • Known brood producers
  • Highly hygienic
  • Excellent foragers
  • Excellent honey producers

Southern Italian:

  • High productivity and honey creation
  • Focuses on raising brood
  • One of the gentlest and most docile of the bee subspecies
  • Readily builds comb
  • Wonderful foragers
  • Less tendency to swarm than other subspecies
  • Strong cleaning behaviors
  • Great for areas with continuous nectar flow and favorable weather throughout the summer


  • Mostly gentle
  • Good choice for colder climates
  • More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees
  • Excellent honey production
  • Quick to brood up when nectar is available


  • More resistant to varroa
  • Highly resistant to tracheal mites
  • Rear their brood during times of pollen availability
  • Low likelihood of robbing

Russian Hybrid:

  • Excellent at wintering
  • Resistant to varroa and tracheal mites
  • High honey yield – same or better than Italian bees
  • Can rear massive amounts of brood in short times to closely follow times of nectar and pollen flow
  • Constantly maintains several supersedure queen cells for immediate queen replacement if the hive loses its current queen

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