Books for the advanced beekeeper
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.
This text is essential for candidates. Every section of the syllabus of this examination is covered with notes to cover the most likely points that an examiner may reasonably be expected to raise while conducting the examination.
Written by a senior consultant physician and beekeeper this publication provides a clear description of the basics of the complex subject of allergy for the general reader. The medical benefits of honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and venom are reviewed scientifically. An invaluable reference for those interested in bee venom allergies and keen to take a balanced view on the many claims for apitherapy.
This book is based on presentations made by a number of experts at a symposium organised by the I.B.R.A. It deals with the importance of bumble bees, bumble bees at home and at school, their role as pollinators, both in nature and the glasshouse and the commercial rearing of bumble bees.
Microscopy, First Steps into a Secret World is a short guide to the purchase and use of the microscope by the then Hon. Secretary of The Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society. Recommended for those who intend to make use of a microscope in their beekeeping activities.
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.