Books about rearing honeybee queens
This is a reprint by Northern Bee Books of the manual originally published by P. W. Stanley, F.R.E.S. of Badgerdell Apiaries UK by courtesy of the Division of Bee Culture, United States Department of Agriculture.
An account of the trials and tribulations of bee farming by one of its most successful practitioners. John Rawson was a bee farmer for 42 years and at various times acted as Chairman and Vice Chairman of The Bee Farmers Association of Great Britain. This is the account of the the experiences of Norman Rice, at one time the largest breeder of Queen Bees in the World. It is packed full of practical information of interest to all beekeepers.
A system of queen rearing developed by the author in the commercial field of beekeeping whilst in New Zealand but with a practical application for all beekeepers. When Vince Cook returned to the UK he was appointed National Bees Adviser to the MAFF.
This volume was first published in 1947 and revised in 1951. With the present interest in beekeeping and the need once more to breed more queens, this reprint of Abbott’s second edition has been reproduced with the support of the family. It should provide a valuable addition to the literature.
Scientific Queen Rearing is one of the classic American titles in this area of beekeeping. This facsimile reprint of the 3rd edition of 1901 at a 110% scale allows easier reading. There is much advice in this volume, although written over 100 years ago, which is relevant to the Queen rearers of today.
A wide ranging volume, like no other publication of this subject area in the English speaking world – it deals with all aspects of the queen – biology, rearing and breeding.
Dr David Woodward was head of the Apiculture Department at Telford Rural Polytechnic, Balclutha, New Zealand when he wrote this text book for his students. David has taught beekeeping and queen bee rearing at Telford since 1997 and managed Telford’s 350 beehives. Previously he was Senior State Apiculture Adviser with the Department of Primary Industries in South Australia (1990-97) and responsible to the state Minister of Primary Industries, for administering the Apiaries Act to the South Australia beekeeping industry (1,000 beekeepers owning about 85,000 hives). David was a research scientist at Adelaide University’s Waite Agrigultural Research Institute (1988-90) and worked on importation and management of leafcutting bees for pollination of lucerne. David completed a Doctorate in Zoology at Massey University (1986-88) working on food demand and foraging behaviour of bumblebees. He completed a Master of Science with Honours at Canterbury University (1981-83) in insect-plant species. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology at Canterbury University (1978-80). David has written many articles, course material for apiculture students at Telford, and published papers in scientific journals. This book is the culmination o the queen bee rearing course he developed in 1999.
“Detailed and practical manual a must have book for every beekeeper filled with astounding photographs. In this post-varroa, post-Colony Collapse Syndrome era, beekeepers everywhere are developing localized, mite resistant bee stocks. Key to this is their ability to raise queen cells and queens. Bee Culture / American Bee Journal author Dr. Larry Connor describes a very successful queen rearinf method using Starter and Finisher colonies. Connor also wrote Increased Essentials and Bee Sex Essentials. Very detailed and practical manual for raising queens on a small scale from locally selected stock. Larry offers a tested and proven method to teach backyarders how best to improve beekeeping stock for greater return and enjoyment”. – Dr. Dewey M. Caron, University of Delaware, Emeritus Professor.Queen Rearing Essentials provides today’s beekeepers with a clear, concise, and simple method to not only produce their own queens, but to actively improve their stock. Dr. Connor has distilled extensive information into a simple plan that any beekeeper can follow. Queen Rearing Essentials is a must have book for every beekeeper. – Greg Hannaford, Chairman, Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association Combines astounding photographs with vital information in one of the most comprehensive queen rearing books ever. A short, precise, and very clear book. Explains a method used by thousands of beekeepers to raise queens on any scale! – Blake Shook, President, Collin County (Texas) Hobby Beekeepers Association.