I bought some packaged bees and bee equipment through both Sears & Roebuck and Montegomery Wardccatalogs. They quit offering bees in the Mid-70's. As Michael Bush said, the Midnite bee was a Caucasian hybrid, that, I believe, also had some Italian lineage. It was a burr comb builder of the 1st order. The Starlite bees were, if I remember correctly of Buckfast origin.