Instrumentally inseminated queen
Local dark bees, selected for by temperament, honey production and wax colour.
They are more conservative with their efforts in the spring, giving them a better overwintering survival rate in our british climate than imported queens.
Queen and a few attendants come in a plastic queen introduction cage, with fondant and a plastic cap cap, (also a small chunk of extra fondant to replace any eaten in transit).
Upon arrival they will be thirsty, so give them a drink by wetting your finger and running it over the ventilation holes in the cage.
Postage and packaging is such to ensure the highest possible chance of surviving transit. If queens do arrive dead, they will be replaced. However, queens that die due to improper introduction or buyer error will not.