Books concerning beekeeping around the world
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.
This is a comprehensive review, on scientific & practical aspects of the craft and on the actuality and possibilities of beekeeping in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.
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.
The Catalogues of The Scottish Beekeepers Association (3 Volumes, 1939-1984) – The Moir Library.
A Wealth of publishing details reflecting beekeeping literature from the UK and around the world.
Important for bibliophiles.
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More than ever before, there is a widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous colour variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of colour morphs and social casts.A landmark publication, Bumble Bees of North America sets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects.