Bees & Plants
Bees, plants and their relationship
This book is a reliable and fascinating guide to one o f Borneo’s natural wonders – the diversity o f honey bees, their intriguing societies and their adaptations to the complex tropical environment. The admirable harmony of their social life , the precision of their combs and the richness of their honey stores are described, as well as the honey bee’s defence strategies against strong bears, fast flying birds and minute mites.
An array of unique, spectacular photographs allows the reader to visit the giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in the canopy of the highest Koompassia trees and witness painful bee stings penetrating deeper and deeper into the skin. Unique in the animal kingdom are magnificent assemblies of thousands of drone s which, far from the safety of their nests, circle high in the air waiting for the arrival of a single virgin queen. The out standing taste and quality of honey of indigenous Asian bees is acknowledged and its unjustified degrading by honey standards of the western Apis mellifera is exposed. Sustainable keeping of indigenous bees for honey production in Asia must gain more momentum! The knowledge and aware ness disseminated by this book will undoubtedly help to protect native honey bees and their habitats in Borneo and elsewhere!
Michael Duncan, a beekeepers for over 60 years has written a quite exceptional and unique text, published as a volume with both illustrations and text in his own free flowing hand. Starting the craft in Birmingham in 1947 he has since 1982 kept bees in North Devon. His concern for our world is clearly stated in his words. We live in an ailing, troubled, treadmill of a world. But another does exist parallel to it – largely unnoticed. A world of light, colour, sweetness, tranquility: of external rhythms and harmonies. Step over into it each day, however briefly. Hold it in some secluded corner of the heart. Saving Our Bees Can Save Our Sanity.
This volume has colour photography alongside practical information on over 300 plants – and is the only A – Z of plants that list those specifically attractive to bees. The beekeeping facts and figures are supplied by Ted Hooper NDB while the plant information is given by Mike Taylor a consultant to the Royal Horticultural Society.
Essential reading for the serious candidate who wishes to investigate this relationship further. While mainly of interest to beekeepers, gardeners, biologists, agriculturalists & horticulturalists will find much of interest to them. Awarded an Apimondia Bronze Medal.
The honeybee is a wonderful example of adaptation. In this it resembles all forms of life, but because it is an extremist its adaptations are striking. The honeybee’s waggle dance, with which forager bees share information about the locations of new patches of flowers, is unsurpassed among animal communication systems in its capacity for coding precise yet flexible messages. Honeybee workers display an extraordinarily elaborate division of labor by age, switching their labor roles at least four times as they grow older. When a honeybee colony needs a new home, several hundred scout bees comb some 100 square kilometres of forest, discover a few dozen possible nest cavities, and harmoniously choose the best dwelling place through a sort of plebiscite. In winter, the thousands of honeybees in a colony form a tight, well-insulated cluster and pool their metabolic heat fuelled by about 20 kilograms of honey stores-to keep warm despite subfreezing temperatures, a method of winter survival which is unique among insects. The honeybee, then, has an extremely elaborate social life. It is therefore an unusually rewarding subject for eco-logical studies of social behaviour.
Je n’aurais jamais supposé que cette étude relative à un modèle de ruche connu depuis fort longtemps, et d’ailleurs délaissé par beaucoup d’apiculteurs, susciterait un mouvement d’intérêt aussi important.
Les deux premières éditions de ce petit livre m’ont valu un grand nombre de correspondances, puis des visites de collègues désirant se documenter. Cette vogue renaissante pour le cadre de Layens est très curieuse à observer ; elle montre qu’il fallait peu de chose, quelques améliorations techniques, pour redonner à de vieux principes toujours vrais leur jeunesse et leur force.
II est probable qu’avec le retour à des conditions économiques normales et la facilité retrouvée de se precurer le bois et les diverses fournitures nécessarres, des apiculteurs de plus en plus nombreux construiront des ruches de Layens modernisées, et nous le souhaitons, pour le plus grand bien de l’Apiculture française.
Agriculture Handbook No. 496, United States Department of Agriculture. This publication reports research involving pesticides. It does not contain recommendations for their use, nor does it imply that the uses discussed here have been registered. All uses of pesticides must be registered by appropriate State and/or Federal agencies before they can be recommended.This reprint of the 1976 United States Department of Agriculture Handbook is welcome. While its 410 pages covers many plants not native in the UK – it will prove to be an important source for any beekeeper who is considering pollination as a source of income.