Q You’re Joking Right? Hi, Jerry: I’m planning on traveling to Europe (Lithuania) this summer and I’m also planning to bring several queens with me. How should I handle this so the queens will not die? Thank you for any help on this.



Charles, your email greatly concerns me! You need to check with the Lithuanian Department of Agriculture. I am sure there are numerous forms, permits and requirements for bringing any kind of living creature into their country. Beekeepers traveling with queens in their pockets is how we received some of our most notorious ‘gifts’—namely, varroa and possibly other beekeeping pests as well, such as the recently discovered Nosema ceranae. Lithuania probably has queens that are great for them and we should keep ours to ourselves. Go, but only give and receive knowledge, not queens!

I turned down over 27 International shipments this season!
Ernie Lucas Apiaries
(Queen breeder)