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Results of Queen Bee Questionnaire to Date

Demographics of Respondents

  • 30 States, 5 foreign countries
  • Average number of colonies 150
  • 71% of beekeepers kept less than 25 colonies.
  • Average number of years keeping bees 9.8 years


Races of Bees Preferred

  • 68% Italian
  • 22% Carniolan
  • 4% Caucasian
  • 3% German Black
  • 3% Other
  • 0% Africanized
  • 70% Have tried more than one race of bee.


Top Characteristic Desired in Bees

  • 31% Gentleness
  • 28% honey production
  • 19% Varroa mite resistance
  • 8% Tracheal mite resistance
  • 6% Brood production
  • 5% Swarming
  • 3% Wintering


Problems Encountered

  • 39% Supersedure
  • 27% Problems finding queens
  • 24% Problems with queen introduction
  • 21% Queens stopped laying
  • 15% Problems with laying workers
  • 12% Drone laying queens
  • 12% Queen not released from cage
  • 9% Queens arrived dead
  • 9% Queens swarmed


Biggest problems Facing Beekeepers in Their Area

  • Varroa mites
  • Chemical resistant mites
  • Low honey prices
  • Tracheal mites
  • Pesticides
  • Drought and weather problems
  • Africanized bees
  • Loss of bee forage
  • Queen availability

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