Native Irish Honey Bee Society

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“The Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera melliferafocuses exclusively on the native Irish honey bee, featuring narratives on its evolution, genetics, history and conservation, with practical “How-to” sections on bee improvement, plus real-life stories from commercial beekeepers. Its aims are to increase awareness of and appreciation for the precious resources imbued in the native black honey bee, to encourage beekeepers to choose native Irish honey bees and to discourage the buying and importation of non-native honey bees.

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Photos from Pat Deisy’s queen rearing workshop

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GBBG Morphometry Survey – Micheál C. Mac Giolla Coda (winter 2007)

Main Objective of Survey A random survey of native Irish bees carried out some years ago using DNA has proved that there exist in Ireland …

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Deise Bee Breeders event 26th May

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society will host the first apiary demonstration of bee breeding in West Waterford on Sunday the 26th May at 2pm. …

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Isle of Man – Beekeepers Paradise – Norman Walsh (winter 2007)

Black docile productive bees, no varroa, no foul brood, plentiful varied forage with heather within flying distance from most apiaries, no bee imports in the …

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Cavan Event 29th June

Further details are now available: Lectures include: Jonathan Getty   How to set up a Queen rearing group Keith Pierce        My Queen …

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Managing bees on oil seed rape – Mervyn Eddie (summer 2007)

Looking back now, I see it as total incompetence on my part – the result of inexperience, as I had only restarted to keep bees …

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The Native Irish Honey Bee Society was established to promote the conservation of Apis mellifera mellifera throughout the island of Ireland. The Society strives to raise public awareness of our native honey bee and its importance, and acts in an advisory capacity to groups and individuals wishing to promote and preserve it.

What Our Native Honey Bee Looks Like

Apis mellifera mellifera (aka European dark bee) can be distinguished from other subspecies by its stocky body, overall dark coloration, plus abundant thoracic and sparse abdominal hair, which is brown. There can be heavy dark pigmentation of the wings. Overall, when viewed from a distance, these bees should appear blackish or rich dark brown.

Bee Improvement

As part of our conservation mission, NIHBS advocates that Irish beekeepers buy native bees. To that end, NIHBS is affiliated with multiple bee breeding groups located around the country. Find out more about them by clicking the button below.

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