Italian Bees with Marked Queen

Size: 3 Pound
Out of stock

Buy in Bulk and Save

Looking for larger sizes of this item? GloryBee offers many of the same great products you know and love in larger bulk and industrial sizes for your business.

  1. Visit GloryBee Wholesale store

Note that a wholesaler account is required to purchase these items, and there is a $450 minimum on all wholesale orders




  • We don’t ship bees. Our online ordering system requires you to enter a shipping address, but all bees must be picked up locally.
  • Order bees separately from other products. Orders that have bees along with other products will be delayed.
  • Bees will be ready for pickup on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd from 8:00am - 12:00pm at 29548 B Airport Road, Eugene, OR 97402.

About Italian Bees

There are approximately 3,000 to 4,000 honey bees per pound so this 3-pound package includes 9,000 to 12,000 honey bees as well as one marked queen.

Italian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica, are the most popular type of honey bees.  Originating from the continental part of Italy, south of the Alps and north of Sicily, they are adaptable to most climates ranging from subtropical to cool temperate.  They are less successful in humid tropical regions.

Italian honey bees are industrious and clean bees that are reluctant to swarm. They build strong comb and use little propolis which makes tending the hive a bit easier. They are also excellent foragers, although they tend to forage over shorter distances than other types of bees.

Italian honey bees are less able to cope with hard winters and cool, wet springs of the more northern latitudes because they don’t form very tight winter clusters which makes them prone to losing necessary heat faster.  They also have a tendency to raise brood into late fall.  Because of both of these reasons, they tend to consume more food which means you will need to leave more food on for them in the late fall, winter and early spring months if you live in more northern regions of the US. 

Where & When Can I Pick Up My Bees?

  • We ONLY allow local pickup of bees.
  • You can pick up your bees at 29548 B Airport Road, Eugene, OR 97402.
  • You can pick up bees Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 from 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • At delivery of your bees you will be required to sign a release of liability before acquiring your bee package, queen(s) or nuc and demo hives.

Important Order Notes

Bee packages not picked up by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, will be considered abandoned and will be sold to someone waiting on site. GloryBee cannot facilitate hiving any remaining packages and will sell hives to customers on our waiting list. We must sell all packaged bees before the end of the event on Saturday, April 23. We do not offer refunds for any bees not picked up.


GloryBee does not guarantee the successful establishment of a colony, hiving of the packaged bees or nuc box. We do our best to provide all customers with thriving, healthy bees but we do not assume responsibility once the bees leave our facility. GloryBee is not responsible for the survival or productivity of the hive and therefore, does not offer refunds or replacements. We do not guarantee that a queen(s) will be successfully introduced to or will be accepted by your hive. GloryBee is not responsible for queen survival in your hive, or for the condition or productivity of your hive after introduction.

Caution: Live bees are purchased at your own risk. Bee stings may cause allergic reactions in some people.

Cancellation Policy

Customers need to speak with a salesperson to request a refund You can call at 1-800-456-7923. Refunds will not be authorized via email or through voicemail. All pre-ordered packaged bees must be picked up by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 or they will be considered abandoned and sold to someone waiting on site.

The last day to order is April 13, 2022. No Refunds after April 13, 2022.

How to Install your Bees: