Buckfast is One Foundation Stock for BeeWeaver Queens
For many years, beginning in 1967, Weaver Apiaries was the only source of Buckfast queens and bees in North America. Buckfast bees were developed by Brother Adam and he derived that breed from bees that survived the Isle of Wight disease that wiped out most bees in England. Isle of Wight disease was caused by Acarapis woodii, another bee parasite that inhabits the tracheal tubes through which bees get oxygen. Buckfast bees survived well when other bees were decimated by acarine mites. Buckfast bees proved to be highly resistant to tracheal mites when those mites were introduced into the US during the early 1980s. The proven success of the Buckfast breeding program was part of our inspiration for attempting to develop bees that are genetically resistant to Varroa mites, and the Buckfast lineage is one of the foundation stocks for our BeeWeaver queens.