Bee Races
1
Western
European
5
Starline
9
Midnight
13
SMR
2
German Black
Bee
6
Cordovan
10
Buckfast
14
Minnesota Hygienic
3
Heartland Bee
7
Caucasian
11
Russian
15
New World Carniolan
4
Italian
8
Carniolan
12
Yugo
16
Africanized
Bee Comparison Chart
Bee Race
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Good for Beginner Beekeepers
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
x
x
x
 
 
Overwinter well
x
x
x
 
 
 
x
x
x
x
 
 
Honey Production
x
x
x
x
x
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
Forages on cold/wet days
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
x
x
 
 
 
Comb building
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Build up
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
x
 
 
 
Northern Climate
x
x
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
x
 
Agreesiveness
x
x
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gentleness
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Produces large amount of
Propolis
x
x
x
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
x
 
Tendency to rob other colonies
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
x
 
 
 
Prone to drifting
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen difficult to locate
x
x
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
Hygienic behavior
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
x
x
x
Moderate Resistant to EFB
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Susceptible to Nosema
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
 
 
Tracheal Mite Tolerant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
x
x
Varroa Mite Resistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Resistant to Chalkbrood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Resistant to AFB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Offspring queens
traits not same as parent
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
Brooder
 
 
 
x
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swarming Tendency
 
 
 
mod
 
 
low
low
low
low
high
low
Hybrid of ## + ##  = this breed
 
 
 
 
4
 
 
 
7+8
 
 
 
Good for Breeding and cross with other
breeds
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
x
 
 
 
x