Instruction books for keeping bees
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.
Beehives might look like seething anarchy at first glance, but bees know exactly what they are doing. The universe of the beehive is an intricately organised, delicately balanced ecosystem. From the queen to the lowliest worker bees, each bee plays its part in the whole.
The Honey Factory plunges the reader into the invisible life of a bee colony and reveals the secrets of this fascinating world. How do worker bees come to a collective decision? What does the honeybees’ waggling dance communicate? What provokes the sexual excesses of the young queen bee? And why is the precious relationship between humans and bees a matter of species survival?
Combining the most fascinating scientific discoveries and greatest secrets in bee research, The Honey Factory answers these questions and more.
Bees make honey; we all know that. But what happens between the bee buzzing around our backyard, and the sticky knife in the jar, is a mystery to most of us. How many bee-hours does it take to make just one jar of honey? What do the honeybees’ waggling dances really mean? Why do bees swarm? What is a ‘house bee’?
From exploring their life cycle and development, to revealing their societies and behaviour, expert biodynamic beekeeper Michael Weiler answers these questions and many more.
Combining poetic observations with scientific detail, The Secrets of Bees uncovers the incredible world of these remarkable insects.
Upon her death in 2007, the New York Times acknowledged that Eva Crane wrote some of the most important books on bees and apiculture. A Book of Honey is one of her seminal works and must be on the shelves of anyone who is serious about understanding honey. Not only does it describe how and why bees make honey, but she also describes in detail the constituents and characteristics of honey. There is a chapter on the uses of honey in the kitchen as well as mead-making, medical remedies and cosmetics.
Eva describes the history of honey starting from the evolution of plants and bees, then on to the harvesting of honey by humans over the past 10,000 years and its religious significance and beliefs.
There is a huge databank of information to facilitate further detailed study, making this an essential read for both teachers and students. Please note that Eva’ s comments at the end of her preface refer to the original cover which as now been replaced in this 2019 reprint.
Pollen is fascinating material for anyone interested in looking down a microscope, or discovering where their bees have been foraging. The variety of sizes and shapes gives clues as to the ingenious ways plants utilise the weather and insect behaviour to deliver pollen to its intended destination.
This second edition of the book shares techniques on successful microscopy accompanied by many more illustrations of Norman’s pollen drawings and their source.
This book provides a general description of honey bee nutrition in temperate/ continental climate of the northern hemisphere. The text is based on a substantial body of contemporary research taken from the subject literature (over 1350 references) and the author’s own experience gathered over 40 years of working with bees.
Our gardens would be unrecognisable without the gentle buzz of the humble honeybee. Yet in recent years bee populations have suffered from the loss of green spaces and need our help.
Planting for Honeybees is a charmingly illustrated, practical guide on how to help attract these delightful pollinators – whether you only have a city window ledge or a whole country garden. With advice on the blooms to grow, and when and where to plant them, this book reveals the tips and tricks to creating a buzz and a better future for our
This title details the making and decorating of flat sheets of wax for petals and leaves; of roses, crocuses, and other wax foundation flowers. “I have been making wax flowers for a long time and I must say that I have really enjoyed it. I hope you will too ” Elizabeth Duffin
This book is a series of Articles compiled mainly from the articles in the Scottish Beekeeper magazine.
It is a book about practical beekeeping.
The vast majority of articles have been written by Ian Craig MBE, Eric McArthur; and Charles Irwin, who are members of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association and have made a huge contribution to Scottish beekeeping over the years. All three are Expert Beekeepers and if their experience was measured in beekeeping years (1 year for each year a beehive kept) it would amount to thousands. This book only covers the areas they have published, their knowledge is even more encompassing. Ian as Education Convener of the Scottish Beekeepers Association, helped educate at least 2 generations of beekeepers – through workshops on microscopy, honey and wax as well as through his Association talks. Eric and Charlie have mentored numerous people passing on their expertise. All 3 being involved in running the beginner classes on beekeeping in the Glasgow area.
This book, hopefully will not just be a book to mark the centenary of the Glasgow and District Beekeepers Association but also a book to mark the contribution these beekeepers have made as well as being a reference book and source of information regarding beekeeping.
A few years ago, I spoke to a group of ladies about beekeeping. They had listened with interest and at the end of the talk had asked several interesting and perceptive questions. It was mentioned that one lady who belonged to their group had chosen not to attend the meeting as she didn’t believe in the ethics of beekeeping. I was rather surprised at this. We beekeepers tend to think we are the good guys, that without beekeepers, honey bees could become an endangered species. Our bees are one of the most important pollinators of flowers, and they have enormous significance in the production of many foodstuffs.
This exchange lingered in my mind and the more I considered it, I realised how complicated and many faceted were the ethics of beekeeping. Beekeeping is beset by choices and choice by its very nature could involve, to a greater or lesser extent, ethics. This book is trying to clarify where, in beekeeping, there are ethical choices to be made.