About our bees


Our bees are selected from Bee on goldenrodour own gentle and productive survivor stock adapted to our northern conditions.

Our foundation stock is NW Carniolan, Russian and VSH (Varroa Specific Hygiene). Although many of our bees are dark in color due to their heritage, we believe a good bee comes in any color; thus there is some variability in our bees and queens.


  • NW CARNIOLAN: The Carniolan strain of honey bee was originally found in southern part of the Austrian Alps, the Balkans, Hungary and Romania.  From this strain of bees, the New World Carniolan was created by Susan Cobey. These are a dark-gray to brown bees selected to be productive, gentle, with mite resistance and hygienic behavior, strong overwintering ability and rapid spring buildup.
  • RUSSIAN: These were the first strain of European honey bee to be exposed to the Varroa mite over 150 years ago. Over time, they evolved behaviors that enabled them to adapt to mites without requiring treatment. Russian bees were first imported into the United States in 1997 by the USDA.  Russians are a Caucasian-type bee with some Italian and Carniolan characteristics. They tend to be dark with black abdomens and gray hair. They overwinter in very small clusters, and by doing so, are very frugal, consume much less winter stores than other strains of bees. Some beekeepers report that Russian bees tend to swarm more than other strains; however, we have not found that to be a problem as long as they are given plenty of room during their extremely rapid spring build up.
  • VSH (VARROA SPECIFIC HYGIENE): The VSH line of bees was created by the team of scientists at the USDA Bee Breeding Lab in Baton Rouge, LA who selected for traits which resulted in not only resistance to Varroa mites, but also to American Foulbrood, Chalkbrood and the small hive beetle.

For more information about purchasing queen bees or putting your name on a waiting list for overwintered nucs please click Purchase Bees