Books recommended for beekeeping exams
With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honey-bees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his won research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees.
In contrast to the view of the bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by the queen, Tautz introduces them as a “super-organism”, a self organising and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.
The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.
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.
This text is essential for candidates. Every section of the syllabus of this examination is covered with notes to cover the most likely points that an examiner may reasonably be expected to raise while conducting the examination.
This is without doubt the best general description of the dynamics of the honey bee’s social organisation. He recreates for the reader the complex infrastructure of the nest, describing the highly specialised behaviour of workers, queens, and drones, and examines the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events both within and outside the nest. John B Free in his review of the volume in Science said – Masterly …. Without hesitation I recommend this book to a wide range of potential readers.”Mark L. Winston probes the dynamics of the honey bee’s social organisation. He recreates for us the complex infrastructure of the nest, describes the highly specialised behaviour of workers, queens, and drones, and examines the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest. Mark Winston offers a comprehensive account, covering aspects of anatomy and physiology as well as systematics, ecology and behaviour …A useful overview of the biology of an insect that holds considerable interest for both economic and academic reasons. Rich in descriptive detail and well referenced, it will also serve as a basis for more detailed exploration of particular aspects of honey bee biology. – Sarah Corbet, Times Higher Education Supplement Winston’s writing is brisk and enthusiastic and the book’s illustrations clear and informative. This is a delightful study of an odd, yet oddly familiar, creature”. – John R. Alden, Wall Street Journal.
This is a clear and practical guide to both the anatomy and dissection of the honeybee and is written in a style which makes the subject understandable by those without formal training in zoology or entomology. It is a classic of the beekeeping world.
Winner of the Pulitzer prize for the ants. This book as Sir David Attenborough said is a monumental and revelatory insight into one of the great wonders of the world, Social insects are reasserting themselves now as species of crucial importance to the environment. Holldobler and Wilson tells their story with unsurpassed insight and eloquence. The book is as thoroughly written as it is a delight to read. This is a title strongly recommended by Keith Delaplane, a key speaker at the recent Stoneleigh BBKA Convention. It is broader in its approach than The Buzz about Bees in that it covers ants and leaf cutter bees as well as honey bees and also gives more technical depth.