Native Irish Honeybees

It had been thought that the native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera was extinct. However, research from Jack Hassett at the Limerick Institute of Technology has found that this may not be the case at all. Using DNA techniques, bees from three hundred Irish hives were examined and the vast majority were found to be a pure form of the native bee Apis mellifera mellifera.

This is good news and makes it even more important that we protect this unique population.

Further information:

Limerick Institure of Tecnology

Irish Times article.

14 thoughts on “Native Irish Honeybees

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Apis melliferea melliferea is extinct from much of Europe. The DNA techniques used are probably a more reliable means of discriminating the subspecies, as before they would have been using wing measurements etc.

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