Hi there from the Capricorn Coast, keen to reactivate my interest in honey bees (apis melifera melifera) just love the golden Italian variety which are suited to Mediterranean conditions. A hive or two would offset the need for a capping knife and extractor (old school). I can’t wait to get a colony of bees into 21st Century Flow MO and watch our gardens and local revegetation projects simply flourish - a win/win!
You are in the right (internet) place to interact with beekeepers of all types. I have kept bees on 2 continents now, and still find them mysterious and fascinating. My favorites are Italians, like yours. My most recent purchased queen is Italian, but she is not as yellow as I prefer. However, I will give her time to prove that she has gentle, productive offspring, and then we will think again in the Spring (here).
If we can help with anything, please ask.