Ethological characteristics of Apis mellifera carnica. Very docile, rarely stings; Calmly sits on the combs; Renowned for its high yield; Does not drift into foreign hives, very good orientation; Flies at lower temperature than other races of bees; Over-winters in relatively small colonies and consumes moderate amounts of stored food; Quickly adapt to changes in local environment / hive; Exceptionally intensive spring development; Good, compact laying pattern; Well resistant to the brood diseases; Workers live up to 12% longer than other breeds.