I.I. Breeder Queens

Instrumentally Inseminated (I.I.) Breeder Queen are intensive to produce. Please contact the WSU Bee Program for current availability and seasonal production.

WSU Old World honey bee germplasm importations & queen availability

In 2008, the WSU honey bee program began overseas collection and importation of semen from three European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera carnica, A.m. caucasica and A.m. ligustica, under permit from USDA-APHIS. This germplasm was used annually to instrumentally inseminate virgin queens initially derived from US commercial strains of Carniolan or Italian honey bees and, following viral screening, was released from quarantine by USDA-APHIS. Starting in 2011, aliquots of all released semen were also maintained in cryogenic storage and cryopreserved semen has been used for backcrossing and further enhancement of the proportion of Old World parentage.

Old World Caucasian germplasm is sometimes available through limited numbers of instrumentally inseminated (I.I.) breeder queens that are shipped from July to September of each year from the WSU honey bee breeding program, or by other arrangement. These queens are recommended for use by queen producers and organizations to propagate production queens. Experience in introducing I.I. queens is strongly recommended. We will provide instructions with suggestions for safe introduction.

Caucasian breeder queens- instrumentally inseminated. The Caucasian breeder queens will have greater than 80% genetic origin from Old World A.m. caucasica sources with the remaining genetic background sourced from US commercial Carniolan strains.

Cost per Caucasian breeder queen is $1000.00. Prepayment is required by June 1. Breeder queens are shipped between July and September.

Program information available at: http://bees.wsu.edu/breeding-program/queens/

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