Reference books on all aspects of the craft
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.
John Yates wrote a series of monthly articles for the Plymouth Branch of the Devon Beekeepers’ Association during the period August 1989 – October 1992. These were published as a most successful book later in 1992. The volume is full of wise advice and beekeeping insight which while written for the micro-climate around Plymouth can be applied anywhere in Great Britain so long as notice is taken of regional climate which in some parts is 3 or 4 weeks in arrears. A final box of this title has been recently discovered in our stockroom. Buy it now!!
Geoff Lawes has written a book based on a lifetime of collecting bee books of great value to bibliophiles. He describes clearly the necessary approaches to a collection, the value of editions and condition. A manual for bee book collectors explaining all one would wish to know as one moves from one book to a library of books on the subject. the author discusses books as an investment, book collecting know-how, restoration and how values are determined.
This a Catalogue of a collection of books offered for sale in September 1929. Walkers catalogue is so important in that most items are individually priced and although they are 1929 prices – their relationships, one to another have remained fairly constant to this day. As such this is until now a unique source of values. Later this year (2009) there will be a catalogue of Geoff Lawes collection to be offered which will show recent auction and book dealers prices.
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.