Books for the advanced beekeeper
This is a remarkable and beautifully produced book containing detailed black and white photographs of the external anatomy of the honeybee by Rose-Lynn Fisher, using a scanning electron microscope. As a book of excellent photos it stands on its own and will thrill the owner with its intricate views of insect structure, which cannot be seen with either the naked eye or an optical microscope, some of the images stretching over two pages.
There is growing evidence to show that honey is hugely beneficial to our health, from its antibacterial properties to helping hay fever sufferers. With increasing numbers of people interested in ditching drugs for natural alternatives to combat health problems from allergies to acne, this book is a timely look at how the beehive can help us to look and feel better.
Winner of the Pulitzer prize for the ants. This book as Sir David Attenborough said is a monumental and revelatory insight into one of the great wonders of the world, Social insects are reasserting themselves now as species of crucial importance to the environment. Holldobler and Wilson tells their story with unsurpassed insight and eloquence. The book is as thoroughly written as it is a delight to read. This is a title strongly recommended by Keith Delaplane, a key speaker at the recent Stoneleigh BBKA Convention. It is broader in its approach than The Buzz about Bees in that it covers ants and leaf cutter bees as well as honey bees and also gives more technical depth.
Apiculture for the 21st Century is the account of a symposium held to record the retirement of Professor Roger Hoopingarner from Michigan State University. As such it is a carefully constructed review of current research efforts and future possibilities.
This handbook deals with the annual life cycle,foraging behaviour, predators and parasites, bumblebee conservation, raising bumblebees & suggestions for research projects. Written by two American academics this is an important addition to the literature of these insects.
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.
This book is based on a lecture “Honeybee Anatomy” which was first given at the BBKA Spring Convention 2009 held at Stoneleigh. It provides a close up look at the external and internal structures of the honeybee. The majority of the photos were taken using a digital camera mounted on a trinocular dissection microscope. Dissection of the bee to study the internal anatomy has to be carried out with the bee immersed in dissection fluid which provides support for the soft internal organs. Dissection is not a difficult skill to acquire but it does require patience and steady hands. The techniques are fully described in the excellent book by H. A. Dade “Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee”.