Exam Books

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    An Illustrated Glossary of Honey Bee and Beekeeping Terminology

      Sue Remenyi

    An Illustrated Glossary of Honey Bee and Beekeeping Terminology is an invaluable reference book for all beekeepers. As with any activity there is always a significant amount of terminology and jargon to get to grips with and this glossary brings together the terminology a beekeeper needs. In addition, more advanced aspects of beekeeping such as the anatomy and biology of…

    Honey Show Classes

    A guide for competitors, organisers and judges

      John Goodwin

    This book has been written as a guide for everyone involved with honey shows, be it organising, exhibiting or judging. If on the day of the show the book has helped to achieve successful organisation, high standards of exhibiting, well-written and unambiguous honey show schedules, increased interest in honey shows, and more applicants for the BBKA Show Judge certificate, the…

    Honeybee Anatomy Brought to Life

      Graham Kingham

    This book uses photo essays to set out and display the anatomy, internal, external of the honeybee with over 350 detailed micrographs, together with slide images and drawings. Pests and other additional hive activities are also included. It will appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating insect and be particularly valuable to beekeepers studying for their British Beekeepers Association Module…

    The Honeybees of the British Isles

      Beowulf A. Cooper

    A most important book on breeding, mating behaviour, selection and all aspects of the native British bee by a GIANT of beekeeping. This classic title, long out of print, has now been reissued by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association. Beowulf Cooper was one of the founding members of The Bee Improvement & Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) and responsible for…

    Honeybees: A Hive of Information

    Annotated Anthology

      Graham Kingham

    • Do bees sleep? • What is in bee poo? • Do they have knees? • What about the ‘birds and the bees’? • Why do bees have a hump? Many of the honeybee's life mysteries are answered here .. Micrographs of pests in your honey and diseases in the hive .. Some contentious thoughts on the future management of…

    Bee Hive to Beekeeper & Bee Space to Bee Hive

    A Special Offer: Pre-Publication offer of £40 for both volumes

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    Bee Hive to Beekeeper: Bees, beekeeping organisations, authors and research. The companion to Bee Space to Bee Hive, is expected mid-September. This book covers the introduction and development of bee strains to the UK, followed by details of the oldest UK beekeeping journal, a major beekeeping equipment supplier and important beekeeping organisations. Groundbreaking research into mating, parthenogenesis, bee behaviour, pheromones…

    Bee Space to Bee Hive

    Hives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    "This book provides a fascinating insight into how beehives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods have developed over the centuries. Lengthy observation enabled the discovery of the importance of bee space by Revd LL Langstroth, and after this discovery the ingenuity of many beekeepers has solved numerous problems associated with colony management. The evolution of ideas and creations by many well…

    Honey Bee Drones

    Specialists in the Field

      Graham Kingham

    This book concentrates only on the drone - the male honey bee. It provides details regarding the drone's internal and external anatomy, production and development, behaviour, role in the hive, genetics and more. Copiously illustrated, the book also discusses the latest research updates on drones. Graham Kingham is a retired mechanical quality engineer who keeps a few hives in Devon.…

    The Discovery of a Visual System

    The Honeybee

      Adrian Horridge

    In this hardback book, Adrian Horridge sets out the curious and contentious history of how the visual system of the honeybee came to be understood and how, in his view, the current accepted theory is completely wrong. Based on his own meticulous experimental work and historic analysis of past literature over many years, Horridge tells the story of a century…

    The Buzz about Bees, Biology of a Superorganism

    With Photographs by Helga R. Heilmann

      Jürgen Tautz

    With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easily understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honeybees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his own research group, Jürgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees. “Whereas bee colonies were once seen as perfect societies of selfless workers and drones ruled…

    Understanding Bee Anatomy

    A Full Colour Guide

      Ian Stell

    Understanding Bee Anatomy aims to do two things, to explain the structure of this fascinating insect and, through stunning images, to reveal the intricate detail. Dr Stell has applied his knowledge of the human body in describing the honeybee, system by system. The book starts with a chapter on the developmental stages, showing the internal changes taking place from the…

    Some Important Operations in Bee Management

      T. S. K. Johansson

      M. P. Johansson

    This book starts where many books on beekeeping leave off. Each chapter is devoted to a subject of great importance to the beekeeper in getting the best return from his bees. It shows what beekeeping practice and scientific research have found out, all over the world, and gives meticulous directions to the beekeeper based on these findings.

    The Small Hive Beetle

    Aethina tumida Murray

      Wm. Michael Hood

    The importance of the role played by honey bee pests in the world is becoming more recognised each year, not only because of attention given to the pest species, such as the varroa mite and small hive beetle, but also because of the increasing realisation that honey bees are extremely valuable to nature and humanity. The most up to date…

    The Superorganism

    The beauty, elegance and strangeness of insect societies

      Bert Hölldobler

      Edward O. Wilson

    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…

    The Social Organisation of Honey Bees

      John B. Free

    Professor John B Free, a world authority on the subject covers the areas of colony organisation, activity, defence, forage collection, and reproduction in a very readable style. Recommended for all taking BBKA Exams. The honeybee is one of the most intensively studied insects and many of the findings have wide implications and have stimulated research on other organisms. Recent study of…

    Pheromones of Social Bees

      John B. Free

    Social insects employ many different pheromone systems which control almost all of their activities. Because of the economic importance and fascination of social bees their pheromones have been among the most studied and many exciting discoveries that have recently been made. This book is mostly concerned with pheromones of the honeybee. For convenience the chapter divisions are based on pheromone…

    The Honey Bee Inside Out

      Celia Davis

    This third edition has been completely revised and updated. This book is designed to present detailed information about the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee in a clear and concise format of the eight chapters covers an aspect of bee biology a d all are copiously illustrated. The author has drawn most of the diagrams from her own dissections,…

    The Honey Bee Around and About

      Celia Davis

    This is the 3rd edition and a companion volume to Celia's first book The Honey Bee Inside Out which covered the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. The Honey Bee Around and About begins by looking at the origin of honey bees and continues with a description of the different subspecies. Disease is often a neglected topic but it…

    Anatomy & Dissection of the Honeybee

      Harry Arthur Dade

    This is a clear and practical guide to both the anatomy and dissection of the honeybee and is written in a style which makes the subject understandable by those without formal training in zoology or entomology. It is a classic of the beekeeping world.

    What Do You Know?

      Clarence H. Collison

    This collection of Questions & Answers was chosen from the best of nearly two decades of testing the readers of Bee Culture. They cover every aspect of honey bee biology, colony management, pollination, and the products of the hive. There are over 400 pages and just over 2,550 questions, and answers, in this book. Now's your chance to test your…

    Beekeeping Study Notes. Modules 5, 6, 7 & 8

      John D. Yates

      B. D. Yates

    These notes cover Modules 5 - 8 of the BBKA Examinations. John & Dawn Yates have provided within one cover, all the details required in the syllabus of each module for examination purposes, in order to minimise the cost of purchasing the many books required to seek out the necessary information. Hopefully everything that is likely to appear in an…

    Beekeeping Study Notes for the BBKA Microscopy Examination

      John D. Yates

      B. D. Yates

    This is the only single volume that covers all aspects of the syllabus for this examination. This Third Edition published in 2014 has a contents list which is based upon the existing syllabus. As such it is a very necessary text for all those interested in sitting the examination and will also prove helpful for all interested in microscopy.

    The Biology of the Honey Bee

      Mark Winston

    One of the great books of the last 50 years. An update on the works of Ribbans and Free, this title should be on the bookshelf of all beekeepers. A very readable volume. From ancient cave paintings of honey bee nests to modern science’s richly diversified investigation of honey bee biology and its applications, the human imagination has long been…

    The Haynes Bee Manual

    The complete step-by-step guide to keeping bees

      Adrian Waring

      Claire Waring

    The Bee Manual provides a complete and easy​ to-follow reference to the intriguing world of the honey bee and the addictive craft of beekeeping. Aimed at the novice but also containing plenty to interest the experienced beekeeper, the Bee Manual presents no-nonsense advice, facts and step-by-step sequences, as well as plenty of relevant photographs and diagrams. Find out how to…

    Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers

      Bob Maurer

    "Essential reading for any beekeeper exploring the world of microscopy. Clear, concise and practical." - Celia Davis BSc NDB, Author: The Honey Bee Inside Out & The Honey Bee Around and About. "An invaluable step-by-step overview of the microscopy tasks candidates may be required to perform or discuss in the British Beekeepers' Association assessments." John Hendrie - Past Secretary, British…

    The Hive and the Honey Bee (Dadant)

    A New Book on Beekeeping Which Continues the Tradition of "Langstroth on the Hive and the Honeybee"

      Joe M. Graham

    This book represents the continuation of a beekeeping textbook publishing tradition that began in 1853 with the Rev. L.L. Langstroth, the father of American Beekeeping. In 1881 Langstroth entrusted the continuation of his book to his trusted friend, Charles Dadant and his son, C.P. Dadant. Since that time the Dadant family has kept that trust, while modernising and expanding the…