Full Book List
Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
A basic guide to the question of multiple queen cells in a hive. How does the beekeeper react? It suggests a wide range of solutions, depending on the reason for the cells. In preparation for the new season Wally Shaw provides suggested solutions in every situation. Recommended.
In a sense the combs in a honey bee nest are an extension of the bees that made them and it is really the bees and combs together that constitute the colony. In fact, the average honey bee worker spends 95% of her life on the combs in the hive. The combs are built to be multi-purpose in the sense that they can be used for both brood and storage (honey and pollen). They are also the place where all the exchange of information that enables the colony to control its activity takes place. Because this occurs in the dark, communication is through chemical signals (pheromones), trophallaxis and vibration signals. The combs provide an ideal forum where this can take place. The architectural rules that the bees follow when constructing their nest have been understood since the early 19th century and the efficient working of a moveable frame hive depends on the beekeeper complying with these rules. An understanding of bee-space is essential so that the bees can build combs that meet both their own needs and those of the beekeeper. A colony will only draw combs when and where they have an immediate use for them and the resources to make new wax. Successful comb management requires the beekeeper to understand all these factors.
The foundations of modern movable comb beekeeping were laid by men and women with inquiring minds who saw that the methods then in use could be improved by careful observation of the behaviour of bees, They were seeking to escape from the limitations imposed by the traditional methods in use before movable combs were devised.In these essays Karl Showler has looked at the beekeeping methods used in Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Canada and the United States. This is an international book which attempts to transcend the limits of continental and national boundaries. Each essay stands alone but is interlinked through the knowledge then available as beekeepers sought to improve the methods and equipment then in use. Karl has not attempted to look at beekeeping after the Second World War when the use of plastics has, to some degree, altered beekeeping. The widely read author has gone back as far as possible to contemporary publications. He has not explored the methods and equipment used by ‘factory beekeeping’ or ‘honey processing’, limiting himself to the basic keeping of bees in beehives.
Heather Honey is the Queen of all honeys. To gain a good crop it is important to manage your stocks during the mid season in order that they are at their strongest in August. This Anthology brings together writings from all the past Great Heather Bee Masters – Francis Sitwell, Brother Adam, Colin Weightman & William Hamilton together with a contribution from one of the most successful current competitors – Peter Schollick
This important compendium has resulted from the enthusiasm and hard work of Ian Copinger, the compiler.