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 We are a family owned honey bee company located in south central Indiana (Bloomington).  We sell 5 frame nucs and queens.  At the present time we run nine blood lines. All are bees have been regressed to small cell bees. The name Little Bits Honey Bees came from my granddaughter. I used to carry her to my local mom and pop hardware store when she was just a baby. The owners son has always called her little bit, now she is eleven the name has stuck. 

 Little Bits Honey Bees got started when the 190 tree apple orchard I have didn't have enough bees to pollinate it.  So, I got a hive to take care of my orchard.  Once you get a hive you will be hooked.  One hive turned into two, two turned into four and so on.  Now I raise chemical free honey bees. 

  My bees are small cell bees raised on natural drawn comb (I only give them a 5/8 inch starter strip).  They are a cross of Italians, Carniolan.  They are very heavy producers of comb, honey and brood.  My bees are very gentle.  I work them in short sleeves and no smoke.  They are raised in south central Indiana so they do well in the north and south.

 I run a closed breeding program here with bee genetics from 5 countries.  With the help of instrumental insemination I can keep my pure lines pure and add diversification to my production queens.  I am retired now and my goal is to make a better bee.  A bee that is gentle, can deal with mites, make above average honey, and winters well. 


Open Mated Production Queens are $42 ea., plus shipping.  ( Should be ready late  May)  Queens can be ordered from our online web store by clicking on featured items above or the store button at the top of the page.

5-Frame Deep NUCs are $185 ea.  Pick up only BYOB. Nucs should be ready late May weather pending.  NUCs can also be purchased through our web store.  l will  send email when they are ready, if not picked up with in a week I will send  one more email. If  not picked up or you contact me the second week your name goes to bottom of list. If you don't contact me in 60 days from first email you loose your nuc order.

What you get: You get five frames of bees with mostly brood, laying queen. You only get bees adhering to frames. All nucs are Indiana bees and queens. Bring your own box, if you don't have a box I will give you a cardboard shipping box for $8.00. Cash or money order on pick up.

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2019 Queens $42.00
All Bees Raised in Indiana

  •  VSH Italian
  • Purdue Ankle Biters
  • VSH Carniolan
  • Martha Carpenter Mite Mauler
  • Buckfast (out of Canada)
  • Saskatraz
  • Caucasian

Virgin Queen $25.00
Minimum order of 3


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Little Bits Honey Bees

(812) 325-2180