Honeybee Breeds

Honeybees are usually selected for their positive traits which are passed down from the queen & the drones she mated with. There are pros & cons for each breeds’ traits. These breeds are the most common in the United States. 1 = Low Tendency for Trait, 10 = High Tendency for Trait

This is a fair, very generalized representation of their trait potentials. These are just trait tendencies. Not all bee breeds/colonies always behave in these manners. However, certain breeds such as the Buckfast, Carniolan, & Russian have been bred to develop positive traits & these traits can be more prevalent in their breed due to the selective breeding. This material should only be used as a base reference since many factors such as environment & care can determine how these breeds can behave. Further research is recommended on choosing the right breed for your personal preference, environment, etc.

Some info for this graphic was collected from the WV Dept. of Ag.'s “Beekeeping in West Virginia”, http://www.wvagriculture.org/images/Literature/BeekeepingInWV.pdf. The info is not copyrighted by Eversweet Apiaries but these graphics are. However, this was created for educational purposes & not for sale so it can be shared freely.

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