Native Irish Honey Bee Society – Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society
Apis mellifera mellifera

Native Irish Honey Bee Society

Come Join Our Online Book Launch

18th September 2021 19.30 to 21.00

Online Book Launch by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda, followed by
Guest Speaker, Professor Thomas Seeley – The Lives of Bees, the Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

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Your name will automatically be entered when you register or pre-order the book. A Zoom link will be emailed to all registered attendees before the event date.

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“The Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera” focuses 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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Statement against imports

Statement Against Imports

The importation of non-native honey bees into Ireland continues. Beekeepers in Ireland want this practice to end immediately, to protect our native bees from the ...
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NIHBS Honey Bee & Queen Improvement Open Day Mayo, Sunday 23rd July 2023

Event: NIHBS Honey Bee & Queen Improvement Day Mayo, the Native Irish Honey Bee Society Date & Time: 23rd July 2023, 14:00-16:00 (2pm-4pm) Location:  Breaffy House ...
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NIHBS Honey Labels

Hi all Waiting on supply of labels which I am assured will arrive today. Those of you who have ordered will receive soon. sorry for ...
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And Winner Is…..

🌼🐝 We have exciting news to share! 🌼🐝 The results are in for the Native Irish Honey Bee Photographic Competition, and we are thrilled to ...
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Louth Beekeepers Assoc. Open Day, Sunday 9th July 2023

Event: Louth Beekeepers Association queen-rearing open day, in conjunction with NIHBS, the Native Irish Honey Bee Society Date & Time: 9th July 2023, 14:00-16:00 (2pm-4pm) Location: ...
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Connemara Open Day, Sunday 25th June 2023

Honey Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing Open day (Can you spare a jar of honey to bring on the day) The Native Irish Honey Bee ...
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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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