Carniolan Queen

Strengths

  • Considered to be gentle and non-aggressive
  • Can be kept in populated areas
  • Sense of orientation considered better than the Italian honey bee
  • Less drifting of bees from one hive to a neighboring hive
  • When compared to the Italian honey bee, they are not as prone to rob honey
  • Able to overwinter in smaller numbers of winter bees
  • Honey stores are conserved
  • Able to quickly adapt to changes in the environment
  • Better for areas with long winters
  • Fast rhythm of brood production brood rearing reduction when available forage decreases
  • Low use of propolis
  • Resistant to brood diseases
  • For areas with strong spring nectar flow and early pollination
  • Forage earlier in the morning and later in the evening, and on cool, wet days
  • Workers live up to 12% longer than other breeds

Weaknesses

  • More prone to swarming if overcrowded
  • Low ability to thrive in hot summer weather
  • Strength of broodnest more dependent on availability of pollen