Italian-Russian Hybrid

The Italian-Russian Hybrid is an excellent strain to work with. They are very docile and excellent honey producers. They do start earlier in the season owing to the Italian genes, and they overwinter excellently due to the Russian genes. They also show a better hygenic behavior over just a regular Italian strain as the Russian strain has some tolerance to the Varroa mite. They are also noted to have better resistance to Tracheal Mites.