CHCP: Saskatraz and Russian Hygienic Queens

Community Hive Collaborative Purchase: Saskatraz and Russian Hybrid Queens 


Russian bee genetics were imported in to the United States in 2007 from the Primorski Region. The popularity of the line comes from their perceived hygienic behaviour with varroa mites. Varroa mites historically ranged throughout Asia and it is believed that the natural

selection of the Russian bees and the varroa range caused for selection for varroa sensitivity. There is an interesting article published in Bee Culture in November of last year which reviews the stock and regulation, or potential lack of recognition, of pure stock. I also beg the question that if the Russian genetic line is resilient against varroa mites because of natural selection, then the systematic use of varroacides will weaken the line (not to mention epigenetic behaviours of honey bee strains).

Either way, new queens in new yards, in new hives, makes for fun beekeeping and diversification of the drone congregation areas. If you are interested in getting some Russian queen stock, fill out this form!

This is a form that you must fill out before payment for the imported queens. We are extending our Community Hive Collaborative Purchase this year to Saskatraz Queens! These queens are selected from their breeding stock to secure gentle and hygienic matriarchs to your colonies and splits. These queens are being raised and openly-mated in California (hence how they are getting here so soon.) More information about the bees can be found here:

Order deadline: April 24th, 2017
Notification of Delivery Date: May 1, 2017 (aim for around May 12th)
Cost: $45 CDN ea
Distribution: Inglewood Community Garden, Calgary
Further information: There are no minimum orders or discounts of bulk purchases. Shipping is included in the queen fee. If there are multiple orders in Red Deer and Edmonton, Ill organize a distribution in those locations to decrease the shipping and road-tripping.

All etransfers should be sent to by April 24th, or your order won’t be processed.

  • Nichol Ruth Piniak
    Posted at 15:43h, 05 April Reply

    This is fascinating Eliese and something I’m very interested in 🙂 Can you tell me if there’s any undesirable, know personality traits, know to these queens?

    I’m part Russian, maybe that will speak to the bees lol


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