Books concerning beekeeping around the world
“A third of all that we eat, and much of what we wear, relies on pollination by honeybees. So if – or when – the world loses its black and yellow workers, the consequences will be dire. What is behind this catastrophe? “Part eulogy, part global wake-up call, the book is highly readable, and makes light work of hard evidence” Elliott Cannel, PAN Europe Newsletter.”If you want a story that shows how our species is beginning to walk dangerously out of step with the rest of nature, then you need look no further than this highly enjoyable, polished, well-researched homage to the honeybee.” Robin McKie, The Observer.”The plight of the honeybee is examined by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum in their surprisingly moving book. In it, the duo reveal why the creatures are disappearing, the dire consequences this can have on our own survival and what we can do to reverse the sad trend.” Metro.”The success of A World Without Bees lies in its explanation of the challenges faced by the honeybee population and the intensiveness of commercial beekeeping, especially in the US.” Ian Douglas, Sunday Telegraph.”An important and timely book.”- Richard Jones, entomologist, BBC Wildlife Magazine Book of the Month.
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.
In 1877 A. I. Root wrote and published the first edition of this work. It has been updated 41 times and millions of copies have been published since then. Then. Thousands of beekeepers and honey bee scientists have contributed to the knowledge that resides within.
This edition adds to that knowledge. Dr. Shimanuki, USDA Bee Lab Research Leader has gathered beekeepers, scientists and experts in many fields to produce the latest, best, most useful information possible on honey, beekeeping, honey, and the industry all these are a part of. You will field no other beekeeping reference book equal to this work.
All involved on these pages wish you the very best for your journey into the fascinating world of the honey bee, and beekeeping.
Steve Taber spent a life time with bees – both in his native America and in Europe. It is not wrong to say that he forgot more about breeding than most people ever knew – and even then he knew more!! Jogn Phipps the Editor of The Beekeepers Quarterly said that “If Steve said something you could always reckon on it being accurate” What a recommendation for a book.
Bees in America is an enlightened cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, offers a varied social and technological history from the colonial period, when the British first introduced bees to the New World, to the present, when bees are being used by the American military to detect bombs. Horn shows how beekeeping and honey have influenced so much of our U.S. history and culture. American beekeepers will be grateful that Horn is sharing the story of their love affair worth the honey bee to the general population. Bees in America is a welcome respite from out fast-paced technology-driven society” – Joe Graham, editor American Bee Journal.
A million pounds of honey. Produced by a billion bees!Follow a young man from Pennsylvania as he drops into the prairie badlands of southern Saskatchewan, buys a honey ranch and keeps the bees that make the honey. And go with him as he spends winters in Florida swamps, nurse-maid to ten thousand dainty queen bees.From the dusty Canadian prairie to the thick palmetto swamps of the American south, the reader meets simple folks who shape the protagonist’s character .. A true story – Bee craft serves as the setting that contrasts American and Canadian life-styles, while exemplifying the harsh reality of a man working with and against the physical environment.
The diversity of lifestyle, behaviour and life cycles that bees possess, makes the task of creating a well-rounded reference about them a daunting one. However, Bees of the Word presents comprehensive coverage of bee species from around the world in a engaging format. The first chapter answers the question What are bees? Next, the different families and distribution of bees are discussed. The expert authors then describe the solitary bees, with chapters on minors, masons, leaf-cutters, and carpenters. The development of social bees follows. Chapters on bees and flowers and orchids and male bees give the reader insight into the intricacies of these creatures’ lives. The history of association between humans and bees, especially the honeybee Apis Mellifera, is also included.Bees of the World is fully illustrated with detailed line drawings and stunning colour photographs. Combined with readable text, this format provides an ideal reference source for professional naturalists and amateurs alike. Christopher O’Toole has curatorial responsibility for bees and wasps at the world famous Hope Entomological Collections of the University Museum in Oxford, England. As well as being a world authority on bees, he is a frequent broadcaster and has written extensively on the topic. Anthony Raw is a British professor in the Department of Ecology of the University of Brasilia, where he is studying bee behaviour in their tropical habitats.The Bees of the World. written by two notable experts presents a comprehensive coverage of bee species from around the world in an engaging format.
Julian Johnston started beekeeping when he was six years old and continued it in his various travels around the world with the Army and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is an account of a life spent with bees, both during the authors Army carrier and later in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before becoming for nine years the Bees Officer for Gloucestershire and later for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire. Full of wit and wisdom.
This book is about how a colony of honey bees works as a unified whole. Attention will be concentrated on the mechanisms of group integration underlying a colony’s food-collection process, an aspect of colony functioning which has proven particularly open to experimental analysis. Everyone knows that individual bees glean nectar from flowers and transform it into delicious honey, but it is not so widely known that a colony of bees possesses a complex, highly ordered social organisation for the gathering of its food. This rich organisation reflects the special fact that in the case of honey bees natural selection acts mainly at the level of the entire colony, rather than the single bee. A colony of honey bees therefore represents a group-level unit of biological organisation. By exploring the inner workings of a colony’s foraging process, we can begin to appreciate the elegant devices that nature has evolved for integrating thousands of insects into a higher-order entity, one whose abilities far transcend those of the individual bee.