Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera



Queen Rearing Related Beekeeping Leaflets & Booklets

Please note that the Leaflets/Booklets listed below are now included in the new NIHBS book.

  • Setting up a Queen Rearing Group
  • How to Improve your Local Bees
  • Genetics
  • Bees and the Environment
  • Honey Production with the Native Irish Honey Bee
  • Queen Introduction
  • Queen Rearing
  • Apideas
  • Nucs


Finding the Queen, Marking and Clipping

Finding the queen can be challenging particularly for beginners. Micheál’s guidelines will tell you where and how to look for her and what to do when you find her.

Micheál Mac Giolla Coda

184 in stock (can be backordered)

Queen Introduction*

Tried and trusted methods of queen introduction suitable for most beekeeping conundrums. Includes how to be sure you are as queenless as you think you are.

Jane Sellers

140 in stock (can be backordered)

Queen Rearing*

Queen rearing is not rocket science. It’s for all beekeepers. Tom explains how it’s done - from records to selection, grafting and setting up a cell-raiser.

Tom Prendergast

174 in stock (can be backordered)


Mating nucs are a great way of getting a new queen laying using the minimum resources. Here’s how to set up and run an Apidea.

Jane Sellers

165 in stock (can be backordered)


Nuc production is good management practice and a great way of increasing your stocks. Irene’s straight-forward instructions will show you how it’s done.

Irene Power

156 in stock (can be backordered)

Setting up a Queen Rearing Group*

Queen rearing can seem challenging but a problem shared is a problem halved. Jonathan Getty shares the wisdom of his experience and tells how it’s done.

Jonathan Getty

157 in stock (can be backordered)

How to Improve Your Local Bees*

The bees native to your area have survived and adapted well to local conditions. Here is how to improve them - it is easier than you might think.

Michael Maunsell

359 in stock

359 in stock