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Arataki Packaged Bees – Victoria Pickup (April 2nd)


Note: this item is pick-up only. If you presently have items in your cart which you want shipped, and then add this item, the cart system will assume all items will be for pick-up. If you want to order items to ship as well as reserve packages, we recommend placing two separate orders.


We have been supplying Arataki packages from the beginning here at Urban Bee Supplies. Previously all of our package shipments were Arataki, however supply is now limited, and we actually expected after last year we would not be able to supply them in 2018. Fortunately, it looks like we at least have one shipment this year! This will be good news for customers who have come to expect year-after-year the same results from Arataki: predictably gentle, productive and easy-to-manage bees.


These packages are unique and easy to use because they come in a tube, which in our experience is a bit easier to install than the box style.


These bees are Carniolins, and perform well in our BC climate. While some package suppliers purchase bees and queens from a Co-op of beekeepers, Arataki makes all their own packages & queens in-house.  So you know what your getting, an Arataki born and bred queen, not a queen from someone just giving it a try.


These packages do cost more than others out there, but there is a reason for that.  Give them a try and you’ll see. If you want a gentle bee that is amazing at producing honey, then this is where you want your bees from. Last year we were told it may be Arataki’s last year producing, and we are very pleased to have at least another year with them! Give them a try while we know they are still available.


These packages will be available for pick-up on April 2nd between 10:00 am-2:00 pm and between 6:30pm-7:30pm. Almost all of our packages have been reserved, so reserve now! Packages are available for pick-up only. We DO NOT ship packages


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