Books concerning beekeeping around the world
The Hive and The Honey Bee. NEW EDITION 29 Chapters, 44 Authors 1057 pages (larger page format – 7 x 10 inches) colour pictures. An amazing source of information on all aspects of the bee and beekeeping. The 1000+ pages with many colour plates in 29 chapters makes this international volume the perfect 2015 Christmas present.
This influential guide by the Reverend L. L. Langstroth, ‘the father of modern beekeeping.” revolutionised the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management – its innovations allowed people to engage in actual beekeeping, rather than simply handling bee domiciles and extracting the honey. This book explains and illustrates techniques still employed 150 years later – including the author’s patented invention, a movable frame hive that quickly spread into common use around the world [..] This version of Langstroth’s ever-popular manual is the fourth and final edition; it incorporates the author’s own revisions and remains an unsurpassed resource for beekeepers.A facsimile (2014) of the 3rd edition – originally published in 1860 under the title of A Practical Treatise on the Hive and the Honey Bee.
Bees have been entwined with our history since the appearance of the earliest humans. Being among them is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes-from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. It is at once sensual and riveting, intellectually challenging and emotionally rich.
Why is ‘bee time’ so compelling? Because, Winston writes, as we come to know bees, we see an echo of ourselves, and our potential to be more compatibly integrated with each other and the world around us. Bee Time presents Winston’s reflections on three decades spent studying these creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.
Like us, honeybees are intricately social. How they submerge individual needs into the colony collective provides a lens through which to consider human societies. Winston explains how bees process information, structure work, and communicate, and examines how corporate boardrooms are using bee societies as a model to improve collaboration.
Winston also considers bees’ representation in art and literature as a symbol of survival, from Egyptian tombs decorated with elaborate bee hive scenes, to Virgil, to Sylvia Plath’s poem Wintering, where, going through a dark time, Plath wrote of their winter cluster, “This is the time of hanging on for the bees.”
But the relationship between bees and people has not always been benign: bee populations are diminishing due to human impact, and we cannot afford to ignore what the demise of bees tells us about our own problematic relationship with nature.
Bee Time reflects over thirty years of walking into apiaries, and the lessons learned from a life spent among bees.
Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers to sell. This book chronicles the remarkable ‘rags –to-riches’ story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning.
A full colour well illustrated practical handbook from the Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales giving advice on the recognition and control of all the major diseases. It deals in passing with colony size and nutrition – factors often overlooked in other disease manuals. This is an important addition to the literature.
Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases – now in its third edition is both a scientific reference and a practical guide for beekeepers world-wide. The answers to the causes and the cures of a thousand problems may be found within its pages.
This book takes us from the beginning of time to the present day to show the ways in which bees and beekeeping, honey and wax, are part of the culture, mythology, theology and folklore of every people in the world. Luke Dixon is a beekeeper during the summer and a theatre director during the winter. He is the resident beekeeper of London’s Natural History Museum and the author of ‘Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities’.