I just ordered my 3lb package of Italian Honey Bees, and their Queen! They are shipping May 15th, and will arrive regular post within 2-3 days after. They were ordered from Gardner Apiaries, and they came highly recommended. Cost including shipping $87.00.
There are approximately 10,000 of the little honey makers in 3lbs. Their hive will increase to anywhere from 65,000 to 80,000 bees. That's a lot of bees! Since their Italian, and with that many humming bees, I'm going to call them the Soprano's.