A - Z Listing of Books and Other Media


Garden Way's Practical Beekeeping

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Author:Enoch H. Tompkins, Roger Griffith
Publisher:Garden Way Publishing 1977, 218 pages

Explains every aspect, task, drawback, and reward of beekeeping, for beginning hobbyists and professionals, providing all necessary information on equipment, costs, hive management, bee behavior, disease control, and other topics


The Hive and the Honey Bee Revisited

An Annotated Update of Langstroth's Classic

Author: Roger Hoopingarner Ph.D. 
Publisher: Bee + Books, 482 pages

More than 150 years after L.L. Langstroth invented the movable-comb hive and brought beekeeping into the modern age, we can still learn from this historic book. The original book, preserved in its original text and illustrations, is updated and annotated by one of the foremost researchers in apiculture, Dr. Roger Hoopingarner. This book keeps alive, for future generations, beekeeping techniques from the past and offers many lessons for modern beekeepers. Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, has specialized in Apiculture for 65 years. His teaching, Cooperative Extension, and research interests in the biology and management of the honey bee include seminal work in pollination of orchard crops. He has been the author, or co-author, of numerous research articles on bee diseases, varroa population dynamics and control, pollination systems, and more.


The Hive and the Honeybee, 1963

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Author: A Dadent Publication 
Publisher: Dadent & Sons 
Edited by Roy A Grout 1963, 556 pages

Langstroth addresses every aspect of beekeeping: bee physiology; diseases and enemies of bees; the life-cycles of the queen, drone, and worker; bee-hives; and the handling of bees. An infectious sense of wonder and enthusiasm suffuses Langstroth's accounts of natural and artificial swarming, the production of honey and wax, and the best methods of feeding bees and maintaining an apiary. The manual abounds in practical and intriguing insights attained through the years of observation and experience, including "the kindness of bees to one another," "their infatuation for liquid sweets," and "the warning given by bees before stinging."


The Hive and the Honeybee, 1975

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Author: A Dadent Publication 
Publisher: Dadent & Sons 1975, 740 pages

This influential guide by the Reverend L. L. Langstroth, "the father of modern beekeeping," revolutionized the practice of beekeeping. Originally published in 1853, his work constitutes the first descriptive treatise of modern bee management — its innovations allowed people to engage in actual beekeeping, rather than simply handling bee domiciles and extracting the honey. This book explains and illustrates techniques still employed 150 years later — including the author's patented invention, a movable frame hive that quickly spread into common use around the world.


The Hive and the Honeybee, 1992

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Author: A Dadent Publication 
Publisher: Dadent & Sons 1992, 1,324 pages

The 1992 edition of the classic book on beekeeping. Completely rewritten, revised and enlarged. The best reference book on honey bees and beekeeping. 22 chapters, 33 world-famous authors, hundreds of photos and drawings, cloth-bound with attractive gold stamped cover and spine, and many special features: new 52-page U.S. and Canadian honey plants table, updated Africanized honey bee information, parasitic bee mites management, business practices, marketing, hive products, bee behavior, pesticides, and more.


Hive Management

A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers

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Author: Richard E. Bonney 
Publisher: Storey Communications 1990, 152 pages

The beekeeper's year begins with a late winter hive inspection and ends with "putting the bees to bed" in the autumn. Richard Bonney believes that each beekeeping activity should be performed with an eye toward the overall well-being of the colony, as part of an integrated year-round program of hive management. Long-term success in beekeeping can only be achieved by understanding the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees -- the factors which govern the life of each colony. Richard Bonney explains the reasons behind common practices that many beekeepers perform without really knowing why. He also stresses when to take timely actions that will prevent problems in future seasons. Hive Management offers concise, up-to-date information on the whole range of beekeeping tasks, including: -- How to prevent, control, and capture swarms. -- What you can tell from an outside inspection of your hives. -- When and how to "take the crop" and harvest honey. -- How to successfully requeen -- from handling and marking queens to methods of introducing one into a hive. -- The problem signs to look for when you open up a hive. For the practicing beekeeper who needs more information, or for the serious novice who wants to start out right, Hive Management offers sensible advice to help keep your honey bees thriving. 


Homegrown Honey Bees

An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year: From Hiving to Honey Harvest

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Author: Alethea Morrison 
Publisher: Storey Publishing 2013, 160 pages

Discover the joys of harvesting honey from your own backyard.  Alethea Morrison outlines what you’ll need to know to make it through the first year, while stunning macrophotography by Mars Vilaubi brings the inner workings of the hive to life. With in-depth discussions of allergies, colony hierarchy, bee behavior, and more, this approachably informative guide bursts with enthusiastic encouragement. Keep your own bees, and enjoy the sweet buzz.


The Honey Bee

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Author: James L. Gould, Carol Grant Gould 
Publisher: Scientific American Library, 239 pages

The Honey Bee is for anyone. It is written in an extremely readable and involving way and presents very clearly the exciting story of unravelling the only other complex language in the animal kingdom, apart from our own. Who knows, there may be ‘Goulds’ in the bee world trying to explain what we do! — New Scientist


Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping

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Author: Dewey M. Caron, Lawrence John Connor 
Publisher: Wicwas Press 2013, 368 pages

The standard beekeeping (apiculture) textbook used to teach college students and beekeepers the science and practice of bees and beekeeping. It concentrates on the 'why','how' and 'when' of beekeeping. It explains bee basics in a manner meaningful to people who lack an intensive background in biology. It does not oversimplify, and provides a meaningful source of beekeeping information for the new and informed beekeeper. Widely considered the most complete beekeeping textbook, covering a vast array of topics of bee biology and colony management. The Revised Edition features the addition of full color throughout the book, extensive revision of photography and artwork and thoroughly updated materials. Comprehensive, assessable and now updated and illustrated with hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.


Honey Bee Diseases and Pests

Author: C. Scott-Dupree (Editorial Chair) 
Publisher: Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, 68 pages

This Canadian pamphlet contains a huge amount of reliable and updated honey bee disease and pest information packed into an attractively arranged and illustrated pamphlet format. Excellent photography and concise information make this field guide an invaluable resource for beekeepers.

Honey Bee Diseases and Pests

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Author: Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists 
Publisher: Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, 2nd Edition, 17 pages


Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases

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Author: Kim Flottum, Roger A. Morse 
Publisher: A I Root Company, 732 pages

Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases is both a scientific reference and a practical guide for beekeepers world-wide. The answers to the causes and the cures of a thousand problems may be found within its pages.



Honey Bees & Beekeeping, VHS, Part 1 of 2

A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Author: Dr. Keith Delaplane 
Publisher: University of Georgia, 1993 

If you've ever been curious about this subject - bees, their lives, products, diseases and care - then move heaven and earth to track down a copy of this series and a copy of its accompanying text. Dr. Keith Delaplane, an extension agent connected with the University of Georgia, guides you through 8 one-half hour sessions geared to getting you up and running on your own operation. He teaches you how to construct hives and extra supers, he guides you through bee psychology and why they must be cared for as they are. He shows you bee parasites under a microscope, and easy home tests to detect them in your hives. 

Honey Bees & Beekeeping, VHS, Part 2 of 2

A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Author: Dr. Keith Delaplane 
Publisher: University of Georgia, 1993 

If you've ever been curious about this subject - bees, their lives, products, diseases and care - then move heaven and earth to track down a copy of this series and a copy of its accompanying text. Dr. Keith Delaplane, an extension agent connected with the University of Georgia, guides you through 8 one-half hour sessions geared to getting you up and running on your own operation. He teaches you how to construct hives and extra supers, he guides you through bee psychology and why they must be cared for as they are. He shows you bee parasites under a microscope, and easy home tests to detect them in your hives. 


Honey For Sale

The Official National Honey Board Marketing Kit

Author: National Honey Board 
Publisher: National Honey Board 


Honeybee

Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper

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Author: C. Marina Marchese 
Publisher: Running Press, 256 pages

Marina Marchese's inspirational and practical story of learning to raise honeybees and creating a life she loves. 
"[An] engaging, delightfully informative work." — Publishers Weekly

"Marchese has given us a lovely gift. Honeybee is an entertaining and useful primer for the novice and honeybee devotee alike." —Washington Times

"Surpassing the predictable how-I-changed-careers memoir of finding the good life, Marchese's informative guide is packed with facts about everything from pollination to harvesting, life cycles to historical lore, nutritional benefits to gourmet flavor combinations, medical applications to unusual varieties." —Booklist

Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened her own honey business. Today, Red Bee® Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country. 

More than an inspiring story of one woman's transformative relationship with honeybees, Honeybee is also bursting with information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping, and honey. This includes life inside the hive; the role of the queen, workers, and drones; pollination and its importance to sustaining all life; the culinary pleasures of honey; hiving and keeping honeybees; the ancient practice of apitherapy, or healing with honey, pollen, and bee venom; and much more. Recipes for food and personal care products appear throughout. Also included is an excellent, one-of-a-kind appendix that lists 75 different honey varietals, with information on provenance, tasting notes, and food-and-wine pairings.


Honeybee Democracy

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Author: Thomas D. Seeley 
Publisher: Princeton University Press 2010, 273 pages

Cornell professor and ardent beekeeper Seeley (The Wisdom of the Hive, 1995) examines how bees make decisions on where to found a new hive. Beekeepers have known for years that overcrowded hives will swarm'the majority of the hive's workers will take off with the old queen and move into a new home, while the remaining bees will rear a new queen in order to perpetuate the parental colony. How the homeless swarm of bees decides where to live, and the settling of the debates among the scout bees who have found potential homesites, forms the basis of this intriguing look at how social insects arrive at a consensus. Seeley takes the reader through the research process, discussing the findings of earlier scientists, the process of field research on bee swarms, and the understanding of what the resulting data means in the lives of the bees. 


The Honeybee Man

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Author: Lela Nargi 
Publisher: Random House Children's Books, 40 pages

"Eccentric and unusual with an appealing, gentle charm," raves Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review.

Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: "Good morning, my bees, my darlings!" His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn... so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting. Lela Nargi's beautifully written story—accompanied by Kyrsten Brooker's collage-style illustrations—offers an inside look at the life of an endearing beekeeper and the honey-making process.

A Junior Library Guild Selection, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, a Cook Prize Honor Book, and a NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book.


How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey

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Author: Walter T. Kelley 
Publisher: The Walter T. Kelley Co. 1993, 114 pages

How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey offers time-tested tips and insight from decades of beekeeping experience, along with a wealth of simple, practical information on how to raise bees. It offers a firm foundation for beekeeping to minimize your need to look up extra information. Features clear, sharp pictures to help the beginning beekeeper. Contains a unique blend of relevant, useful information and glimpses into how beekeeping was conducted decades ago.


How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides

Author: H. Riedl, E. Johansen, L. Brewer, J. Barbour 
Publisher: Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, 24 pages

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How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticide

Author: L. Hooven, R. Saglii, E. Johansen 
Publisher: Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, 34 pages

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How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides

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Author: H. Riedl, E. Johansen, L. Brewer, J. Barbour
Publisher: Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, 24 pages