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Pictured above are Richard Weaver with his son Clint Weaver. Clint Weaver. Photo Credit:
The All American bee is an interesting breed because it isn't just one particular breed of bee, but rather a diverse culmination of bee genetics. Over the years we have introduced various breeds such as Italian, Cordovan, Carniolan, Canadian Buckfast, and bees possessing the Harbo VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygienic) trait that have crossed with our own R Weaver stock of Italian and Buckfast. As we work through our production colonies, we select the best stock for production mothers and bring in only superior hives that have proven over time to be gentle, prolific honey producers, and strong brood producers. The result of such selection is the All American Queen; which we are proud to make available to our customers.

The Story of Harbo VSH Trait & R Weaver Apiaries

Varroa mites transmit disease organisms and are at the root of many problems facing beekeepers today. Because pathogens from almost anywhere in the world have varroa to spread their destruction far and wide, a honey bee colony that "survives" with low mite levels is still at risk to known and unknown disease organisms. Honey bees exhibiting the varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) trait have been shown to reduce mite populations to near zero; and that should be our objective for each colony.
Dedicated scientists, like Dr. John Harbo have made these huge discoveries in breeding honey bees. The VSH trait has been identified and successfully developed. It has been shown that open-mated daughters of carefully selected and bred VSH x VSH queens is the means to achieve the objectives set by these talented scientists; good brood and honey producers with near-zero mite infestation. Further, it is known that varroa sensitive hygiene is very similar, if not the same, as the behavior used by honey bees to detect and remove brood infected with diseases such as American foulbrood or chalk brood, as well as the eggs and larvae of wax moths and small hive beetles.
R Weaver Apiaries is happy to offer Harbo VSH queens that are daughters of instrumentally inseminated VSH x VSH queens and mated with proven R Weaver stock. This is not a new breed of bee, but rather a trait that will eventually be passed on to all queens we produce. Perhaps the future of beekeeping is now.