California Italian Package Bees

No reviews yet
Delivery Type
Ship/ Pickup Date
IMPORTANT: I confirm that I have read and agree to the bee policy.

Currently Out of Stock.

Product Details


The California Italian bee package from Mann Lake includes approximately 3 lbs of bees and a laying, open-air mated Italian queen.

Key Features

This bee species are valued for their unique characteristics that make them a great asset to any hive. They stand out for the following incredible traits:

  • Effective foraging habits
  • Strong cleaning behaviors
  • Gentle and docile temperament
  • Prolificity, with a keen focus on brood-raising
  • Lesser swarm tendencies than other subspecies
  • Exceptional productivity and honey production capacities
  • Has a propensity for efficient comb building and super entry

These qualities make these honey bees especially suited for regions with an ongoing nectar flow and favorable weather throughout the summer.

Order and Shipping Details

Our bee packages are available while supplies last. The price includes shipping. 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.

Package bee orders are prepaid and are subject to a $10 change or cancellation fee after 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.
  • Honey Bee Genetics produces queens and bees year-round in the temperate climate of the Sacramento Valley in California.
  • They are a leader in the industry because their beekeepers have many years of expertise and care about producing healthy, hygienic, & well-nourished bees.
  • HBG packages install easily and establish strong, hygienic hives that are excellent honey producers.
  • Steve Taber and Tom Parisian began Honey Bee Genetics in 1979 with a goal of breeding a disease resistant stock of hygienic bees with an ability to overcome American Foulbrood. Honey Bee Genetics was purchased by the Tauzer Family in April 2020.
  • Tauzer Apiaries has a long-standing relationship with Honey Bee Genetics and sustains the important queen rearing practices begun by Tom and Steve so long ago. Mark Tauzer and the Tauzer Family have been beekeeping and raising queens since 1973.
  • Honey Bee Genetics follows the same successful breeding techniques of continuously testing our stock for these traits & carefully breeding our queens to produce specific hygienic traits that help create resistance to Varroa mites & other diseases.
  • Bee packages cannot be shipped to a PO Box. You must provide a physical address.