A. Mellifera or European’ bee is very common all over the Europe. Its Italian variety has been introduced in India and cross between Indo-Italian swarm yields higher amount of honey. Italian bees are more desirable for production of honey because they give a high yield of honey, are stingless and can live long in the beehives as compared to the other bees.
Merits of A. mellifera are
- (a) It has high honey collection capacity and yields more honey.
- (b) It is stingless, hence easy to handle.
- (c) It breeds at faster rate.
- (d) It has less tendency for swarming, hence stays in given beehive for long periods and breeds very well.