Apis mellifera mellifera NIHBS  book review by Loretta Neary

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Apis mellifera mellifera NIHBS  book review by Loretta Neary


‘The Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera’ book.

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) are proud of our latest publication, the brainchild of a few but the product of many — in the spirit of the “Meitheal,” i.e., the ancient Irish system of working for and with each other.  As in olden days, the Meitheal is alive and well here. It is the way of the bees: as the bees work collectively, so did we. 

We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the making of this book –  all volunteers who gave their time freely to celebrate the native honey bee that we are privileged to have here in Ireland. 

The book focuses on the native Irish honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, with scientific research and narratives on its evolution, genetics, history and conservation, practical “How-to” sections on bee improvement plus real-life stories from beekeepers – both small and commercial. 

Its aims are to increase awareness of and appreciation for the native black honey bee, to encourage beekeepers to choose native Irish honey bees and to discourage the buying and importation of non-native honey bees.


We are honoured that Professor Tom Seeley wrote the Foreword.

The book is divided into 5 informative and practical sections:

  1. The Native Irish Honey Bee is described in great detail, for example the first chapter defines Apis mellifera mellifera and includes scientific investigation and analysis.
  1. Conservation is what we are all about, and the need has never been greater. This section covers those aspects of our work.
  1. Bee Improvement & Queen Rearing is one of the practical ways we work with the native honey bee.
  1. Four Corners features personal histories and experiences from North, South, East and West.
  1. The Past, Present & The Future looks back at where we were, where we are now and where we might be in the future.

It’s price is €25 or €20 for NIHBS members (plus P & P) and it can be purchased online here:-https://www.nihbs.org/shop/

The book was launched online last Saturday, 18th Sept and Tom Seeley presented an excellent talk about “The Lives of Bees, the Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild”.

You can find a link to the launch and talk on our website here:- Events – The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (nihbs.org)

 I hope you enjoy, Loretta Neary – The Native Irish Honey Bee Society

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