Carniolan bees are dark with brown spots or bands on their abdomen and they are slightly smaller than other races of bees
Carniolan honeybees are one of the most popular types of bee amongst beekeepers, due to their gentle nature and being easy to work with. They are able to adapt the size of their population depending upon the amount of nectar available to them, so when there are fewer flowers to visit, there are fewer bees in the hive. Due to their region of origin, they are more likely to forage on cold, wet days than other types of bees and rank among the best for overwintering.
Carniolan bees tend to be quite capable of fending off parasites and show good resistance to some diseases.