About Russian Honey BeesAbout Russian Honey Bees

Russian Honey Bee refers to honey bees (Apis mellifera) originated in the Primorsky Krai region of Russia. This strain of bee was imported into the United States in 1997 by the USDAs Honeybee Breeding, Genetics an Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in response to severe declines in bee populations caused by infestations of parasitic mites. Since then they have been used in breeding programs to improve existing honeybee stock.

Russian Honey Bees have an innate resistance to various parasitic mites. This strain occurs in the original native range of the varroa mite, and selective pressure could have favored bees that exhibited aggressive behavior against colony-level mite infestations. Accordingly, experimental research has found that mite populations decline in colonies of pure Russian and of hybrid Russian-Italian bees. The mechanisms through which mite populations are controlled in these colonies include hygienic behavior towards mites, and possibly increased aggression towards mites. Russian stocks also have been shown to resist infection by tracheal mites.

Russian bees are actually the product of the U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture's Honey Bee Breeding Genetics, and Physiology Lab of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They imported this bee from the Primorski region of the Sea of Japan because it had survived mites for 150 years. It is not a species but a hybrid.

However; they Produce a lots of propolis, always seems to have swarm cells in the hive, and they are moderate honey producer.