Harris Honey Bees produces queen bees and bees.
Frames of queen cells

Frames of queen cells

The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.


The queens we produce are reared in natural, clean comb hives. We use these hives to keep the combs as fresh as possible. Our hives are also isolated from commercial agriculture and never see the almond orchards in order to keep the exposure to any fungicides and pesticides as low as possible. The fungicides and pesticides used in today's agriculture have an adverse effect on virgin queen development and they also have a pretty severe effect on the drones that will mate with them. Our drones are also reared in natural comb hives and isolated to help produce queens that will thrive and last for our customers. We select and raise drones from several different hives that carry a number of quality traits so that we can flood our mating yards with genetic diversity and make sure the virgin queens have plenty of drones to mate with.

VSH Queens (Varroa Senstive Hygiene)

Italian Queen beeWe use artificially inseminated breeder queens to produce high quality daughters. The VSH Queens we produce are an Italian Carniolan cross and vary in appearance (example to the left). These queens build up great in the spring have good honey yields and are well tempered. The VSH line was developed by the scientists at the USDA bee breeding lab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Varroa mites reproduce in cells with bee larvae. The VSH queens are bred for their ability to detect varroa mites reproducing in the cells with the bee larva. When varroa are detected, the bees remove the varroa and the larva. This does not reduce the population of varroa mites by killing them, but instead interrupts their mating cycle. These queens are a great part of an IPM (Intigrated Pest Management) system. With continuing research by bee breeders we should no longer need chemicals to control varroa mites in our bee colonies.

NWC Queens (New World Carniolans)

We use artificially inseminated breeder queens to produce high quality daughters. Susan Cobey at UC Davis started the NWC line of bees in the early 1980s and today this line is stronger than ever. Bred for purity these queens build up well in the spring, produce good honey crops and carry good disease resistant traits. If you're in a cold climate, these will be a great addition to your apiaries. I had the opportunity to observe her bees at UC Davis several years ago and was very impressed with the quality of the brood patterns and the temperment of the bees.

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My mission is to produce good quality queens and bees that will produce and thrive for my customers. Shane Harris, owner of Harris Honey Bees

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Queen Cells
Queen cells