Despite our Buckfast specialization, at the beginning La Fenice had only Ligustica genetics. For health and commercial reasons and to raise production standards, we have decided to change quite all queens in Buckfast as we have said several times, rejecting almost all italian strains we tested, we buyed and we held over years.
We have kept over the years a single line of Ligustica of different sisters, which have proved to be in line with the production averages of the rest of our buckfast lines. But above all, it was the only one line that never have given sign of sensitivity to European and American foulbroud, chalckbrood and virosis. Our italian queens are, leather colored, hygienic and healthy, gentle, they guarantee very good harvest and ensures excellent fecundity so large and compact brood. Especially good in warm climates and during long blooms. Also good at overwintering.
A modern Ligustica up to date.
These two Italian strains were confirmed pure by CREAA morphometric analyst. They have also been preserved by instrumental insemination.