Black Maltese Honey Bee (Ruttneri)
Compared to the North African black bee, it is in fact less aggressive, has a less marked tendency to swarming. Precisely because of its African descent, it bears hot and dry summers well and starts up very quickly in the autumn when the first rains arrive.
Accustomed to the mutability of the Mediterranean climate, it also flies in difficult conditions (very hot, cold or windy days). This is why it lends itself very well to being used in pollination.
- flight power
- resistance to bad weather
- highly developed sense of smell
- ardor in building wax
- ardor in collecting honey
- poor resistance to brood disease
- poor resistance to bee diseases (nosema - acariosis)
- propensity to swarming
- storage of honey near the brood
- holding honeycombs
- excessive use of propolis (where available)
- construction of irregular honeycombs
Its combination with the Italian bee, once stabilized without the negative characteristics of both subspecies, has the same potential as the Buckfast bee, which instead of base is a combination of Italian and Mellifera bee.
Black Maltese (Ruttneri)
Black Maltese (Ruttneri) bee selected in Gozo Island. In spring it develops very fastly. To reduce natural swarming impulse, nervousness and sensitivity to Nosema of Maltese bees, queens are mated with buckfast drones. Very productive on important nectariferous flows. Bears hot and dry summer well. Very good for pollination.