Kona Queens

Our queens are raised in agricultural areas with forests, ranches, coffee, macadamia nuts, and various fruit crops. You can expect low supercedure, high acceptance rates, gentleness and longevity.

 
 
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Italian queen

Kona Italian

The Italian or Ligustica honey bee is the most popular in the world. Kona Queen Breeder Queens and Drone Mothers are chosen from top commercial honey producing colonies.

These production-proven queens pass other stringent tests regarding temperament, hygienic behavior, resistance to diseases, and mite tolerance. Our Italians produce large frames of brood in a tight pattern. 

Kona Italian queens will expand their brood patterns when stimulated, and reduce brood rearing after the honey flow. These queens are selected to require less supplemental feeding than other Italian breeds. They are excellent honey producers and

less likely to swarm. 

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Carniolan Queen

Carniolan or Carnica honey bees are known for their ability to winter well in severe climates and build up quickly in the spring. They will work in slightly cooler conditions than the Italian queens.

 

Carniolan queens keep a tight brood nest with heavy stores of honey. They are conservative with their population when needed and increase quickly with the nectar flow. They are mated to our Italian drones to provide a hybrid colony with exceptional brood patterns and highly productive hives.

Kona Carniolans pass the same stringent tests regarding temperament, hygienic behavior, resistance to diseases, and mite tolerance. Instrumental insemination is used to maintain and enhance this stock.

2022 Price List

Shipping NOW through November 16, 2022

1,000+ Queens

$23 each

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

on all orders of 100+

Our 1,000 price is cumulative – once you reach 1,000 queens ordered in a year you get a rebate!

25 - 99 Queens

$25 each

Shipping is an additional charge of

$50 - $75

100 - 999 Queens

$24 each

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

on all orders of 100+

10 - 24 Queens

$26 each

Shipping is an additional charge of

$50 - $75

10 queen minimum order

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Packaging

Our queens are packed in a three-hole wooden Kelley cage. Orders of 10 - 49 queens will be shipped with the attendants inside the cage with the queens.

For orders of 50+ queens, you may choose whether you would like the attendants inside the cage with the queens or outside of the cage, loose in the box. 

Handling

MARKED: Add $1.00 per queen (2022 color = yellow)

CLIPPED: Add $3.00 per queen

Queen prices listed above are domestic only. Please inquire for international orders.

Shipping

Queens ship Monday through Wednesday only

to ensure proper transit time before weekend closures.

 

We stop shipping for the year the week of Thanksgiving. This prevents the queens from being lost in the frenzy of holiday shopping and gives our bees a chance to rest.

FedEx, UPS & USPS

Shipping method varies based on season, location, and order quantity. In order to guarantee live delivery of our queens, we require shipment to the carrier's Customer Service Center. Shipping cost varies from $50 for up to 49 queens to $75 for 50 - 99 queens. Free domestic shipping on all orders of 100+

Air Freight

The minimum order for shipment by air freight on a commercial airline is 300 queens.

Availability varies based on season and location. Contact us to inquire about this shipping method.

International

We offer queens for international export on a case-by-case basis. Orders for export should be requested at least 30 days prior to the date you wish to receive the queens to ensure time for proper permitting. 

Hawaii

Per state regulations, we are only permitted to ship queens to Oahu or within the Big Island due to the presence of Varroa destructor mites.