About Minnesota Hygienic Honey BeesAbout Minnesota Hygienic Honey Bees

Minnesota Hygienic Honey Bees are the result of the work of Dr. Marla Spivak, and her team of the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Hygienic Honey Bees are bred specifically to resist certain brood diseases, such as American Foulbrood and Chalkbrood. The Minnesota Hygienic Honey Bee is also bred to groom itself and other bees within the hive to detect Varroa mites. In addition, they possess the ability to detect Varroa mites on or within the honeycomb cells. However; they are still susceptible to other things that threaten entire colonies, such as colony collapse disorder.