The Native Irish Black Bee
Apis Mellifera Mellifera
The Apis Mellifera Mellifera is the pure, native Irish honeybee. It is not extinct as it was once feared, but is thriving in pockets of hives around the island of Ireland. One pocket being in Cloonmore, sitting on the edge of Connemara in the West of Ireland.
This bee is resilient and ancient. It survives the Winter through hibernation without being syrup fed. A native bee is a bee that has evolved over thousands of years to survive and thrive in a given geographical area.
A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers
during a collection trip.
It can fly for up to six miles, and
as fast as 15 miles per hour.
Honey bees have been
producing honey in the
same way for 150 million years!
Chris Law, Beekeeper,
'The Cloonmore bees forage on mostly wild flowers. Hazel, Alder, Snowdrop, Crocus, Gorse, Dandelions etc in spring...
Blackberry, Meadowsweet, Fireweed & many other wild flowers in Summer.
Moving on to Heather & Ivy in the Autumn.
This makes for a diverse & natural honey.'
Chris Law, Beekeeper, Cloonmore Honey
The 25 sub species of Apis mellifera are each adapted to the climatic or vegetational conditions to be found in areas as different to each other as Italy, Greece, Russia, Switzerland and Cyprus.
The native Irish bee – Apis mellifera mellifera is a subspecies of the European honey bee. It has evolved over thousands of years to thrive in all that the Irish climate can be! To think one be could be thousands of years old in its genetic line! Like an ancient rock that moves, stings, maps pathways and brings honey! Cloonmore Honey is the magical produce of these Native black bees. The Latin name for the European Honeybee is Apis mellifera; Apis for ‘bee’ and mellifera for ‘honeybearer’. Some info sourced at: beespoke.info