Cordovan Honey Bees are a subset of Italian bees with more
yellow coloring. They are also gentler than their Italian cousins and slightly
more likely to rob. They are quite striking to observe, with bright yellow
bodies and a lack of stripes. They are rarely available in a package of bees,
unlike Italians, so are often considered wilder.
It is not clear what caused the Cordovan Bees to veer off
from Italian strains and become their own race of bees. In theory, this could
happen with any of the different bee types, but thus far in America it’s only
been observed with Italian bees.