Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
This book starts where many books on beekeeping leave off. Each chapter is devoted to a subject of great importance to the beekeeper in getting the best return from his bees. It shows what beekeeping practice and scientific research have found out, all over the world, and gives meticulous directions to the beekeeper based on these findings.
Although beekeepers do not rear queens without the aid of bees, it is now possible to produce queens in the laboratory without any contact with bees. But it is much easier to let the bees raise queens, and the numerous methods reflect local practices and variations of individual beekeepers. Whatever the method, bees manage the care and feeding of the queen larva until it is “sealed” or “capped” in an elongated peanut-shaped queen cell. It is this cell which the beekeeper harvests-during the interval while the larva metamorphoses into a pupa and before the virgin queen emerges-and the term queen cell refers to the cell with the live immature queen in it.
Beekeepers may be reluctant to undertake the production of queen cells, but there are simple ways to obtain a few cells for replacement of undesirable queens or for increase, and it is a challenge to develop competency with more elaborate methods. Information on queen rearing in general beekeeping manuals is limited, and we hope that this compilation of information from specialized books and articles on queen rearing will stimulate more beekeepers to try this fascinating side-line of their craft.
Julian Johnston started beekeeping when he was six years old and continued it in his various travels around the world with the Army and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is an account of a life spent with bees, both during the authors Army carrier and later in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before becoming for nine years the Bees Officer for Gloucestershire and later for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire. Full of wit and wisdom.
This much awaited reprint of a classic Apitherapy title is once more available. The practical perspective taken and the pioneering research underpinning this volume make it a very valuable source of information for beekeepers, medical practitioners, pharmacists and patients seeking alternative medicine, even after twenty years since first publication. But then again, what are two decades in the light of thousands of years in which natural medicine has been used for health purposes?
Bumble bees are among the most charming, colourful and fascinating of insects. Common in gardens and meadows throughout the summer, their large size and bright colours make them both easy and fun to watch. This book, designed for young people, will delight people of all ages with interesting, factual information about bumble bees.
This handbook deals with the annual life cycle,foraging behaviour, predators and parasites, bumblebee conservation, raising bumblebees & suggestions for research projects. Written by two American academics this is an important addition to the literature of these insects.
First published ten years ago, this ground-breaking book is now in its fourth edition. It is the result of the shared fascination of an artist and a scientist with the perfect design of pollen grains, organisms so small that they cannot be seen without a microscope. The grains are enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, when they are carried by wind, water or animal vectors to achieve their purpose, which is procreation.
Pollen is ubiquitous; in childhood we all learn a little about plant reproduction and the role of the bee but few of us are aware of the astonishing diversity of the structure of pollen grains, although these tiny, extraordinary forms have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century.
Starting with a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen, the authors go on to examine the remarkable events from pollination to fertilisation, and the many ways in which pollen impacts unseen on our lives. All of this is interwoven with a dazzling array of original images by the authors, created especially for the book. In this new edition many more original illustrations have been added and the text has been fully updated.
A WONDERFUL BOOK!
These cards show the colours of pollen loads collected by honey bees. Each month depicts the colours for the plants that are most frequently visited by honey bees. On the reverse of each card is information about the typical flowering duration of each species. Some plants have also been identified as major sources of nectar.