Southern Italian Package Bees

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Product Details


Our Italian honey bee package offers around 3 lbs of bees along with a laying, open-air mated Italian queen bee.

The Italian Bee Advantage

Italian honey bees bring distinct qualities to the table, making a significant contribution to any hive. They are recognized for the following:

  • High productivity and honey production
  • Extremely prolific with a strong focus on brood-raising
  • Among the gentlest and most docile bee subspecies
  • Efficient in comb building
  • Quick to enter supers
  • Excellent foragers
  • Lower swarm tendencies than other bee subspecies
  • Strong cleaning behavior

All of these traits make Italian bees particularly suitable for areas with a consistent nectar flow and favorable summer weather.

See our installation instructions to guide you in settling your Italian honey bees smoothly into their new hive.

Order and Shipping Details

Our Italian bee packages are available while supplies last. Shipping is included in the price. For USPS shipping, packages will require pickup at your local post office.

We’ll contact you with a shipment date and provide tracking information once the bees are shipped. Cancellations are not accepted within 14 days of the bees’ estimated ship date.

Orders are prepaid and subject to a $10 change or cancellation fee once the prepayment has been processed.

By purchasing, you’re agreeing to our Bee Policy.

Bee Insurance

There is always a risk when shipping live animals, so Mann Lake includes insurance with the purchase of every shipped package. Any package with 1 ½” or more of dead bees spread evenly on the bottom of the package is eligible for a refund or replacement. To file a claim, simply submit a photo of the shipping label and the package showing more than 1 ½” of dead bees on the bottom of the package when spread evenly across the bottom via our website Package Bee Help. We make every effort to ship replacements, if available, on the earliest ship date possible. If we are unable to accommodate a replacement, a refund will be issued within 7-10 business days of submission.


  • 3.00 LBS
  • Shipped packages will ship via USPS Priority Mail & will be held at local Post Office for pickup.
  • An unmarked queen will be included in live bee packages.


15 Reviews
  • 5

    The package came as promised by Mann Lake. I found maybe 12 deceased bees. The bees were very active and healthy. I gave them a few quick shots/sprays of water before leaving the Post Office; when I got home, I gave a few quick sprays of sugar water

    by Ronald H. Cassens on May 25, 2024

    Very happy and satisfied with the amount of help and follow up from ordering through installation. in addition, I receive information with continuing emails to make sure I have success, GOD BLESS!!

  • 2


    by Kurt Scott on May 23, 2024

    bee's where healthy and put them right into a supers with drawn comb and extra honey . they where 20 ft a part . dumped them in on top of queen and one hive left the queen and went to other hive leaving her alone

  • 5

    Southern Italian Package Bees

    by Thomas Kennish on May 22, 2024

    Very happy, would buy again if I need to. Shipping notifications where weak, The postal serice. But I could count the dead on 1 hand, Very happy with the order.

  • 5


    by Stanley Blair on May 22, 2024

    Came on time very few dead bees so far so good I had 10 frames of drawin comb I started them in I'm going to give them a couple days to free the queen if not I'll release her starting on drawn comb she should go to laying