Books for the advanced beekeeper
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:
A short introduction to this interesting hobby by the founder of The European Honey Pot Collectors Society. If you have an interest in the subject or are considering it, purchase of this booklet could be an investment.John Doyle is the founder of The European Honey Pot Collectors Society and this book encourages you to start collecting.
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.