The black bee: Apis mellifera mellifera L1758
Natural swarm, mother nature's gift
In beekeeping, we are interested in social species, which transform part of their harvest into derived products (honey, wax, royal jelly): But let's not forget that the vast majority of bees are wild and solitary bees, and that all have an important role in biodiversity, in particular through their common function of pollination during foraging.
The word “bee” actually refers to a very large group of insects containing more than 20,000 species.
Bees all have in common that they feed on nectar and pollen. But the different species differ in their way of life: some are domesticated, others are wild (more than 18,000 wild species in the world, including more than 830 in France!), some are solitary, others social, some produce abundant honey, others produce little or none at all...
This year, the swarming period began on Easter Monday with this beautiful cluster which simply came to rest a few meters from my apiary. I had the impression that these bees did not come here by chance, but in the goal that I come to pick them, as if they felt that they would be treated well.
I collected the swarm of endemic black bees, then I delicately placed it on a 12-frame hive, once the queen entered, as if by magic, they all followed to take possession of their new home. In the evening, I moved the hive to a quarantine apiary in order to preserve my colonies from possible contamination. This is how I proceed.
The choice of the Black bee
Many of us realize that our society is disconnected from nature and the living world. Everything is imported, hybridized, the system reaches its limits. This is why I have chosen to rehabilitate and safeguard the black bee, because it is a rustic bee, adapted to its environment and which knows its biodiversity well.
In my conception of natural beekeeping, I strongly encourage working with the black bee endemic to our regions. Very resistant, adaptable and adapted to our practices, it is a major element to be conserved in biodiversity at all costs.
In nature, there have always been hybridizations. Breeds mix according to random and occasional fertilizations, contributing to genetic and individual diversity.
But by importing foreign bees and intervening in the reproduction of colonies, Man has drastically increased and accelerated this phenomenon of hybridization. Fewer and fewer bees are purebred, and the bees resulting from hybridizations are more fragile, less adaptable and more aggressive.
There is an average of 30 to 40% loss of colonies by a beekeeper with hybrid bees. This number is likely to increase further in the years to come. However, if there are more and more hybrid and fragile bees, this will contribute to accelerating the disappearance of black bees endemic to our regions.
They were gradually replaced by hybrid breeds (supposedly more docile and more productive). By cooperating with the endemic black bee, I am in tune with my convictions. I try to preserve its genetic qualities and I try to prevent its disappearance.
This is the ethical and sustainable commitment of my beekeeping. You too can participate in the preservation of biodiversity, because by deciding to buy a swarm of black bees, you contribute directly to its preservation and relocation.Swarm reservation
Natural breeding swarm
You will also find for sale swarms of overwintering black bees, reared and pampered until maturity. No picking (artificial selection of larvae for breeding), nor intensive breeding.
A natural breeding of black (native) bees means giving the bee the possibility of choosing and raising the larvae that will become the future queens of the colony.
The shepherd of bees that I am, simply ensures that everything goes well, with precise and proven gestures. I then make sure that the swarms I offer for sale meet my quality specifications. When the swarming begins in the wild, it's the start of my breeding campaign
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Shipping your parcels
Not being a retail giant, shipping costs have an impact on the amount of your bill.
Are taken into account in these costs: cardboard, wedging elements, implementation time and travel costs to get to the nearest post office and to complete the pricing of colissimo.
From 0.1 to 5 kg, the shipping costs are identical and then calculated in increments of 5 kg. I try to keep costs to a minimum. When you order an item at 10 €, the shipping costs are almost the same compared to an order for several items.
By entrusting me with your orders, I guarantee you to discover an authentic, quality product, from the Jura. You thus allow me to accomplish my task of shepherding bees and to participate fully in safeguarding the native black bee. Thank you for the trust you place in me.