Reference books on all aspects of the craft
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.
Je n’aurais jamais supposé que cette étude relative à un modèle de ruche connu depuis fort longtemps, et d’ailleurs délaissé par beaucoup d’apiculteurs, susciterait un mouvement d’intérêt aussi important.
Les deux premières éditions de ce petit livre m’ont valu un grand nombre de correspondances, puis des visites de collègues désirant se documenter. Cette vogue renaissante pour le cadre de Layens est très curieuse à observer ; elle montre qu’il fallait peu de chose, quelques améliorations techniques, pour redonner à de vieux principes toujours vrais leur jeunesse et leur force.
II est probable qu’avec le retour à des conditions économiques normales et la facilité retrouvée de se precurer le bois et les diverses fournitures nécessarres, des apiculteurs de plus en plus nombreux construiront des ruches de Layens modernisées, et nous le souhaitons, pour le plus grand bien de l’Apiculture française.
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.
Three volumes together for £12:
Wisdom for Beekeepers is a beautifully presented collection of 500 tips for keeping bees written by experienced beekeeper and author James E. Tew. For easy reference, the tips are divided into ten chapters covering all aspects of beekeeping:• Becoming a Beekeeper• Beekeeping Equipment• Pollenation• Bee Biology and Behaviour• Colony Management• Getting Live Bees• Ailments of Honeybees• The Beekeeping Year• Honey Uses• Honeybee By-ProductsThe tips are grouped logically so that novices can build their knowledge gradually, while old hands may prefer to dip in at random or use the index to find specific topics. Illustrated throughout with delightful woodcuts by printmaker Melvyn Evans, Wisdom for Beekeepers is an ideal companion for newcomers or a perfect gift for experienced beekeepers.
This weighty tome of 414 pages pages, generously illustrated throughout, provides the reader with detailed information on many aspects of beekeeping. Each section of the book is authored by differed writers who show that they have a deep interest in their chosen subject and who are able to express clearly the knowledge that they have gained from years of experience in the craft.There are five main sections to the book:1. Bees and Beekeeping History – by Sharon Sweeny-Lynch and BKQs Sally Bucknall.2. Understanding the Honeybee – Richard Jones.3. Practical Beekeeping – Claire Waring.4. Honey and Other Bee Products – Richard Jones.5 Recipes and Home Crafts – Sarah BanberryThe book is international in scope and there are some very welcome fresh illustrations (far too often the same pictures are frequently used especially as regards beekeeping history) – which shows that the picture researchers were very diligent in their task. The size and prominence of the pictures not only clarifies the text, but adds enormously to the design of the book giving the work much visual appeal.
These cards show the colours of pollen loads collected by honey bees. Each month depicts the colours for the plants that are most frequently visited by honey bees. On the reverse of each card is information about the typical flowering duration of each species. Some plants have also been identified as major sources of nectar.