Books concerning beekeeping around the world
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.
This is a collection of articles written by Elbert Jaycox for the newsletter Bees & Honey during 1975 – 1981 when he was the beekeeping specialist at the University of Illinois. As you would expect from such an expert it is packed with pearls of wisdom – based on his lifetime experiences or gathered from a wide reading of the literature. Recommended.
“Gene Kritsky’s charming book is like Extreme Makeover Home Edition for honey bees. For over 10,000 years, humans have tried to design accommodations for the world’s most useful insect that not only take into account the bees’ remarkable sophisticated behaviour but also allow human landlords to help themselves to the products of their industry. Engagingly written, thoroughly engrossed, and gorgeously illustrated, this book offers a uniquely entertaining and thought-provoking perspective on the long standing partnership between honey bees and humans.” – May R. Berenbaum, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.’The Quest for the Perfect Hive’ is the perfect read for beekeepers and others interested in the history of honey bee ‘domestication’ – a fascinating walk through our history with one of the word’s most beneficial and useful organisms. Gene Kritsky has compiled an amazing story of our relationship with the honey bee.” – Ric Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky.
A collection of articles, written for Gleanings in Bee Culture over a period of nearly 20 years by a giant of American Beekeeping.The Best of Bee Talk is exactly what it says. Each entry has been taken from one of over 200 columns Richard Taylor has submitted to Gleanings in Bee Culture over nearly 20 years of writing. Some are short, at most only a few sentences. But isn’t that what the “The Best” should be? Richard, on occasion, tends to stray from the subject at hand (how-to beekeeping) and interject personal (and probably universal) thoughts, observations and feelings on subjects ranging from gardening to pickups to crickets. Surprisingly, all are related to the art of keeping bees. There are complete contributions here, too. For some, removing even a clause would be criminal, and the information, the emotion, and the grace of each work is exactly as it was originally published.