Books for the advanced beekeeper
“Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity’s greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose.” Edward 0. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism
Harvest your own honey, make your garden or orchard more productive, nurture local food systems, connect with nature, and help bring honey bees back from population decline. These are some of the benefits of becoming a beekeeper. Whatever your interest in honey bees, this reliable resource has all the expert advice you need to keep a thriving, productive hive.
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees will guide you through every step of beekeeping, including:
• Planning a hive
• Acquiring bees
• Installing a colony
• Keeping your bees healthy
• Understanding and preventing diseases
• Harvesting honey crops
MALCOLM T. SANFORD is author of the Apis Newsletter and many articles on beekeeping for popular and scholarly magazines. He was Extension Beekeeping Specialist at the University of Florida for 20 years and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The late RICHARD E. BONNEY was author of the books Beekeeping and Hive Management, the foundation for Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.
A second, updated edition of a monograph for the initiated and the uninitiated on the strengths and weaknesses of current bee hive design. The author, John Yates is a much respected beekeeper, a former Chairman of the BBKA Exam Board and retired in 1986 as Chairman of his own consulting engineering company. It is in his professional role as a registered Chartered Engineer that he approaches the many problems associated with beekeeping discussed in this very important monograph which will be welcomed by old and new beekeepers alike. He believes very strongly that the older and experienced beekeepers should give something back to the craft: this is part of his contribution. This title will be of great interest to those who are interested in the tools of the craft.
With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honey-bees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his won research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees.
In contrast to the view of the bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by the queen, Tautz introduces them as a “super-organism”, a self organising and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.
The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.
In 1877 A. I. Root wrote and published the first edition of this work. It has been updated 41 times and millions of copies have been published since then. Then. Thousands of beekeepers and honey bee scientists have contributed to the knowledge that resides within.
This edition adds to that knowledge. Dr. Shimanuki, USDA Bee Lab Research Leader has gathered beekeepers, scientists and experts in many fields to produce the latest, best, most useful information possible on honey, beekeeping, honey, and the industry all these are a part of. You will field no other beekeeping reference book equal to this work.
All involved on these pages wish you the very best for your journey into the fascinating world of the honey bee, and beekeeping.
Observation hives have fascinated people since they were first invented. This book explains for the first time, in detail, how to set up, maintain and use an observation hive in nearly any location. It also goes into great detail on how to use an observation hive as a teaching tool in nature centres, school rooms, museums and other educational sites.
The diversity of lifestyle, behaviour and life cycles that bees possess, makes the task of creating a well-rounded reference about them a daunting one. However, Bees of the Word presents comprehensive coverage of bee species from around the world in a engaging format. The first chapter answers the question What are bees? Next, the different families and distribution of bees are discussed. The expert authors then describe the solitary bees, with chapters on minors, masons, leaf-cutters, and carpenters. The development of social bees follows. Chapters on bees and flowers and orchids and male bees give the reader insight into the intricacies of these creatures’ lives. The history of association between humans and bees, especially the honeybee Apis Mellifera, is also included.Bees of the World is fully illustrated with detailed line drawings and stunning colour photographs. Combined with readable text, this format provides an ideal reference source for professional naturalists and amateurs alike. Christopher O’Toole has curatorial responsibility for bees and wasps at the world famous Hope Entomological Collections of the University Museum in Oxford, England. As well as being a world authority on bees, he is a frequent broadcaster and has written extensively on the topic. Anthony Raw is a British professor in the Department of Ecology of the University of Brasilia, where he is studying bee behaviour in their tropical habitats.The Bees of the World. written by two notable experts presents a comprehensive coverage of bee species from around the world in an engaging format.