SW Survivor Queenbee Project

Memories from 2007-2009:
WANTED: Experienced Beekeepers
with *quality honeybees for participation in the project

There are different strains of honeybees and as we all know, they come from all over the world. Distinct races react differently to diverse environments. Some are good for colder climates, others for warmer. While others still are “genetically engineered” in the hopes of developing super-resistant stock to combat the various threats posed to honeybees, their skillful caretakers and our local and global agricultural industries.

What is THE SOUTHWEST SURVIVOR QUEENBEE PROJECT? It is a PRACTICAL APPROACH project networking area beekeepers for developing a regional and hearty, quality honeybee stock suitable to our diverse high-altitude southwestern climates and ecologies. NM and neighboring states are home to vast ranges and mesas, valleys, canyons and high plains. The Rocky Mountains chisel through providing high-desert, alpine and valley riparian ecosystems. Honeybees that can survive the intensity of each season within our regions are proving their genetics and should be propagated.

Zia Queenbee Company invited 5  interested, experienced beekeepers to participate in developing a line of hardy, regional stock of honeybees that are adapted to the rigorous climates and ecosystems of the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains by sharing their prize stock for Survivor Cross-Stock genetic pool development.

Colonies of interest included minimal medications, high production, hygienics, disease resistance and gentle. Zia Queenbee Co., Western Sustainable Agriculture Research Education and beekeepers throughout the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states thank you for your interest and participation.

Original profile: SWSQB_Questionnaire,


Our Goal: To create a sustainable resource for regionally fortified Queenbee stock from Honeybees chosen by Beekeepers for Beekeepers throughout the Rockies and the Southwest.

Our Mission: To establish regional sustainability, safe,
healthy agricultural practices, and production of quality honey and honeybee products.

Selected super colonies will become breeders – their grafted daughters will be mated with survivor colony drones. Participating beekeepers will integrate these Survivor Queens’ daughters/progeny into their hives, evaluate their effectiveness, as well as determine the future protocol and advantages/disadvantages of the project. The end result will establish availability and regional production of Honeybees chosen by Beekeepers for Beekeepers.

As stewards of the land, it is in our and our community’s best interest to collaborate on this opportunity. This collaborative effort will benefit all. The New Mexico State Dept. of Agriculture State Bee Inspector Mr. Greg Watson serves as the project technical advisor. Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research Education) has awarded 2007 grant monies to assist with the project. Additional proposals have been submitted for the continuation and elaboration of The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project : 2008 Phase 2 and 2009 Phase 3. Zia Queenbee Company would like volunteers interested in participating to forward their contact information for initial surveys/reviews. Please send name, years beekeeping, types of colonies/queens and from where (i.e. Italian/ So. California), address, telephone/email to ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Thank you and we look forward to developing this cooperative beekeeping project.

M.Kirby & M. Spitzig
Zia Queenbee Company