. In fact the carniolan race of honey bees is the second most popular type of honey bee favored by beekeepers coming from a wet cold region carniolans are more likely to forage on cool wet days this is a big advantage if you live in a cool damp climate carnis over winter with a smaller population than italians. Nonetheless the long and vast experience of beekeepers allows some oversimplifications to be made in order to better understand the different types of bees available the following is a brief overview of some of the more common commercially available honey bee stocks in the united states. They are known for being gentle and good honey producers they are typically reared in the south and have difficulty in colder climates as they need to consume extra food to compensate for not forming a tight cluster the way other honey bee types do italian bees are strong foragers and do a great job keeping their hive clean. A spoken favorite is the italian honey bee known as apis mellifera ligustica known to beekeepers as the italian honey bee this was the honey bee that was imported into america and brought about a very calm bee for beekeepers to work that was a long time ago and sense then many other types of honey bees have been brought in
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