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    Mating Biology of Honey Bees

      Gudrun Koeniger

      Nikolaus Koeniger

      Jamie Ellis

      Lawrence J. Connor

    "This is the definitive review by authors who have personally carried out much of the primary research on the topic."Norman Carreck, Science Director, International Bee Research Association, University of Sussex, East Sussex, United Kingdom "… an authoritative treatise, built on decades of research of the authors on this subject…Personally, I very much appreciate this book as the authors put in…

    Pollen Identification Cards

      William Kirk

    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.

    Natural Medicine from Honey Bees

    Propolis, Bee Venom, Royal Jelly, Honey, Apilarmil

      Jacob Kaal

    This much awaited reprint of a classic Apitherapy title is once more available. The practical perspective taken and the pioneering research underpinning this volume make it a very valuable source of information for beekeepers, medical practitioners, pharmacists and patients seeking alternative medicine, even after twenty years since first publication. But then again, what are two decades in the light of…

    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.

    A Practical guide to Producing Heather Honey

      Tony Jefferson

    The three generations of the Jefferson family, widely known for their famous production of Heather Honey, base their beekeeping on an annual cycle of activities leading up to the anticipation of two weeks decent August weather. Tony fully describes their methods and this small volume is an investment for those who wish to produce this premium quality honey.

    Apiculture for the 21st Century

      Roger Hoopingarner

      Lawrence J. Connor

    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.

    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…

    Queen Breeding and Genetics

    How to get better bees

      Eigil Holm

    After successful publication in Denmark (1995 ) and Germany (1997 ) this 2010 English translation deals with all aspects of mating and queen breeding and is the latest publication of its kind in the UK. This is a translation of the second (2009) Danish edition, It is full of the latest information. The sub title - suggests much - and…

    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…

    Beekeeping and Sustainable Livelihoods

    Food and Agriculture Organization Diversification Booklet

      Martin Hilmi

      Nicola Bradbear

      Danilo Mejia

    This booklet is intended to raise awareness and promote beekeeping, among people and organisations involved in supporting small-scale farming as a successful diversification enterprise that small-scale farmers in rural, urban and urban centres can integrate into their farming systems easily. This publication is by the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations…

    Splits and Varroa

    An Introduction to Splitting Hives as Part of Varroa Control

      William Hesbach

    Bill Hesbach is a beekeeper and honey producer in Cheshire, Ct, where he owns and operates Wind Dance Apiary. Bill studied beekeeping at Rutgers University in NJ and is currently enrolled in the master beekeeping program at the University of Montana. Bill serves on the board of directors for the Backyard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut, where he helps teach new…

    Honeybees and Wax

    An Experimental Natural History

      H. R. Hepburn

    "Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light." Mindful of Swift's dictum, this compila­tion is offered as an exhaustive coverage of the literature (ancient to modern) on the synthesis and secretion of beeswax, its elaboration into combs,…

    The Earliest Record of Beekeeping in Northern England

      Robert Hawker

    This is a story of a journey that includes joy, disappointment, experimentation, discovery, destruction, devastation, and satisfaction, played out to a backdrop of religious differences and intolerances, political upheaval, plague, pestilence, civil war and regicide: but mostly it is about 17th century beekeeping. In this volume, for the very first time the author details the methods used by one English…

    Honey, Natures Golden Healer

      Gloria Havenhand

    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…

    Healthy Bees are Happy Bees

    A comprehensive guide to bee health and sickness

      Pam Gregory

    Healthy Bees are Happy Bees is a comprehensive guide to bee health and sickness. The book details beekeeping problems, pests, parasites and diseases in depth and offers practical guidance rooted in beekeeping experience about preventing, controlling or curing threats to bee colonies to encourage more sustainable beekeeping practice. Environmental considerations, the effects of food, genetics, health and hygiene and the…

    Bee Quest

    In Search of Rare Bees

      Dave Goulson

    A hunt for the most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury Plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle. Dave Goulson’s wit, humour and deep love of nature makes him the ideal travelling companion. This utterly charming book will inspire you…

    Bumblebees, An Introduction

      Nikki Gammans

      Richard Comment

      S. C. Morgan

      Gill Perkins

    This Bumblebee Conservation Trust book introduces this charismatic species to a wider audience. Written by Trust staff, it covers bumblebee biology, their decline and conservation and what you can do to help them in your garden and beyond. It also has an essential identification guide to all UK bumblebee species, packed with over 250 colour photographs.

    Beekeeping and the Law

    Swarms and Neighbours

      David Frimston

      David Smith

    David Frimston has for many years been Hon. Solicitor to the British Beekeepers Association. This books is a collection of 20 legal cases involving bees, from America as well as the British Isles, involving neighbours or swarms. The illustrations are wood engravings by Miriam MacGregor.​​This book is a collection of 20 legal cases involving bees, from America as well as…

    Bee

    Photographs by Rose-Lynn Fisher

      Rose-Lynn Fisher

    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…

    Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain & Ireland

      Mike Edwards

      Martin Jenner

    A simple-to-use identification guide for garden bumblebees with notes to this and some of the similar species. More accurate colour identification icons on the species spreads. Updated distribution maps with the very latest data. Species Icons Quick Guide (featured at the back of the book and the latest addition).

    Making Beeswax Flowers

      Elizabeth Duffin

    This title details the making and decorating of flat sheets of wax for petals and leaves; of roses, crocuses, and other wax foundation flowers. "I have been making wax flowers for a long time and I must say that I have really enjoyed it. I hope you will too". Elizabeth Duffin

    Collecting Honey Pots

      John Doyle

    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.

    Top-Bar Beekeeping

    Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

      Les Crowder

      Heather Harrell

    'This is an excellent guide for hobby beekeepers who wish to keep bees using top-bar hives. Drawing on his more than thirty years of beekeeping experience in New Mexico, author Les Crowder describes in detail the special comb-management techniques that this low-cost, but relatively intense, form of beekeeping requires. Top- Bar Beekeeping also provides an eloquent appeal for beekeepers to…

    The COLOSS Beebook, Vol 2

    Standard Methods for Apis mellifera Pest and Pathogen Research

      Vincent Dietemann, James D. Ellis, & Peter Neumann (ed)

    The COLOSS BEEBOOK (Prevention of Honey Bee Colony LOSSes) is a unique venture that aims to standardise methods for studying the honey bee. It is a practical manual intended for scientists and beekeepers compiling standard methods in all fields of research on the honey bee, Apis mellifera, and is the definitive research manual, composed of 32 peer-reviewed chapters authored by…

    The COLOSS Beebook, Vol 1

    Standard Methods for Apis mellifera Research

      Vincent Dietemann, James D. Ellis, & Peter Neumann (ed)

    The COLOSS BEEBOOK (Prevention of Honey Bee Colony LOSSes) is a unique venture that aims to standardise methods for studying the honey bee. It is a practical manual intended for scientists and beekeepers, compiling standard methods in all fields of research on the honey bee, Apis mellifera, and is the definitive research manual, composed of 32 peer-reviewed chapters authored by…

    A Closer Look

    Basic honey bee biology

      Clarence H. Collison

    Professor Clarence Collison has performed the meticulous scholarship so desperately needed by beekeepers and scientists alike. He has reviewed the vast body of research: the biology, physiology, biochemistry and behaviour of Apis mellifera and presented it in an concise and objective manner. This book will be required reading of all serious bee scientists, and on the desk of every beekeeper…

    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 Between Two Queens. Nottinghamshire 1901-1952

      John Stuart Ching

    Following on from the work "Beekeeping in Victorian Nottinghamshire" which covered the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901, this work covers the half-century from then to the death in 1952 of King George VI. (During the period of this work Britain was ruled by ruled by three kings plus one who relinquished…

    Oilseed Rape and Bees

      Allan Calder

      Calder, A

    For Beekeepers to be able now to rely, for an indefinite number of years to come, upon the regular annual availability, in May and June, of a huge new nectar source, is for them an historic advance. The pattern of working through the beekeeping year is changed by it and a new yearly flow of nectar and honey is in…

    Care of Bees in Warré and Top Bar Hives

      Joe Bleasdale

    This volume is a guide for new beekeepers and for all beekeepers who have acquired the increasingly popular Warré and Top Bar Hives and anyone who wishes to stop the use of chemicals in their beekeeping. It gives practical guidance, with clear instructions, line drawings, and photographs. Joe is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30…

    Letters to a Beekeeper

      Steve Benbow

      Alys Fowler

      Fowler, A

    This is the charming story of how gardener Alys Fowler learned to keep bees, and urban beekeeper Steve Benbow learned to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. It is a rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, honey-dripping record of the trials and joys of working with - rather than against - nature.

    Virology and the Honey Bee

      Michel F. A. Aubert

    The BRAVE project (Bee Research And Virology in Europe) was selected from the call for proposals FP6-2003-SSP31 where one of the objectives was the assessment of the level of risk and the likely consequences for bees and other closely related pollinators of the introduction of bee viruses to Europe. BRAVE was aimed at knowledge transfer between experts with a broad…

    Keeping Healthy Honey Bees

      David Aston

      Sally Bucknall

    This title is a significant addition to the beekeeping literature on Integrated Bee Health Management. David Aston, a past President of the BBKA and Sally Bucknall, Chair of Garden Organic have jointly written a volume that should be on every beekeepers reading list. "This book could well turn out to be the book of the decade (or 21st century, take…