Books for the advanced beekeeper
Beehives might look like seething anarchy at first glance, but bees know exactly what they are doing. The universe of the beehive is an intricately organised, delicately balanced ecosystem. From the queen to the lowliest worker bees, each bee plays its part in the whole.
The Honey Factory plunges the reader into the invisible life of a bee colony and reveals the secrets of this fascinating world. How do worker bees come to a collective decision? What does the honeybees’ waggling dance communicate? What provokes the sexual excesses of the young queen bee? And why is the precious relationship between humans and bees a matter of species survival?
Combining the most fascinating scientific discoveries and greatest secrets in bee research, The Honey Factory answers these questions and more.
Ready to take your beekeeping skills to the next level? In Business with Bees provides the answers you need.
“The only way to save the honey bee is to save the beekeeper. All the rest comes in second,” says bestselling author and beekeeping expert Kim Flottum. Here, Flottum shows you how to save bees, beekeepers, and your business. He’ll take serious beekeepers past the early stages and learning curves and offer practical, useful advice for converting your passion into a part-time or full-time career with measurable results. This beekeeping business how-to guide offers all of the in-depth answers to the questions you didn’t know you had.
With this expert advice you can become as knowledgeable, confident, and successful in running a business as you are in beekeeping.
Upon her death in 2007, the New York Times acknowledged that Eva Crane wrote some of the most important books on bees and apiculture. A Book of Honey is one of her seminal works and must be on the shelves of anyone who is serious about understanding honey. Not only does it describe how and why bees make honey, but she also describes in detail the constituents and characteristics of honey. There is a chapter on the uses of honey in the kitchen as well as mead-making, medical remedies and cosmetics.
Eva describes the history of honey starting from the evolution of plants and bees, then on to the harvesting of honey by humans over the past 10,000 years and its religious significance and beliefs.
There is a huge databank of information to facilitate further detailed study, making this an essential read for both teachers and students. Please note that Eva’ s comments at the end of her preface refer to the original cover which as now been replaced in this 2019 reprint.
“The Dancing Bee will surely become a classic in the literature on the history of biology in the twentieth century. It is the definitive account of the intellectual development of Karl von Frisch and of his discoveries about the ability of the honeybees to communicate with the waggle dance. Perhaps most fascinating is what Munz has uncovered about how von Frisch – declared a ‘Quarter Jew’ by the Nazis – was able to navigate a feigning political landscape in war-torn Germany, suffer the destruction of his Zoological Institute during the bombing of Munich, and still continue conducting experiments that revolutionised our thinking about animal communication. This book also provides intriguing insights into what von Frisch though and felt during the heated debates about the meaning of the waggle dance in the 1960s and 1970s.”
Thomas D. Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy
Pollen is fascinating material for anyone interested in looking down a microscope, or discovering where their bees have been foraging. The variety of sizes and shapes gives clues as to the ingenious ways plants utilise the weather and insect behaviour to deliver pollen to its intended destination.
This second edition of the book shares techniques on successful microscopy accompanied by many more illustrations of Norman’s pollen drawings and their source.
This is the remarkable story of Mary Bumby who was the first person to take honeybees to New Zealand. When, in 1838, her brother, John, was appointed as superintendent missionary at the Mangungu Mission House in New Zealand she decided to accompany him to look after him and act as his housekeeper.
Because John liked honey Mary took with her two skeps of bees on the fivemonth long voyage, arriving in New Zealand in March 1839.
Both Mary and John were devout Wesleyan Methodists and their faith must have helped them through the many trials and tribulations they suffered during the years at the Mission House.
This book provides a general description of honey bee nutrition in temperate/ continental climate of the northern hemisphere. The text is based on a substantial body of contemporary research taken from the subject literature (over 1350 references) and the author’s own experience gathered over 40 years of working with bees.
Following on from the work “Beekeeping in Victorian Nottinghamshire” which covered the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901, this work covers the half-century from then to the death in 1952 of King George VI. (During the period of this work Britain was ruled by ruled by three kings plus one who relinquished the crown – hence the title.)
Decades in the making, this comprehensive full colour handbook is a once-in-a-generation identification guide to British bee fauna.
This title details the making and decorating of flat sheets of wax for petals and leaves; of roses, crocuses, and other wax foundation flowers. “I have been making wax flowers for a long time and I must say that I have really enjoyed it. I hope you will too ” Elizabeth Duffin