How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.
Specially written for amateurs, beginners, cottagers and others who are desirous of keeping two or three hives of bees so as to yield the best results. This complete guide to bee-keeping provides information on hive constructions and management, the natural history of bees, harvesting, swarming, and all other related aspects. Highly accessible and full useful tips, “The Book of Bee-Keeping” will be of considerable utility to the modern reader with an interest in keeping bees, and would make for a worthy addition to collections of allied literature. Contents Include: “Advantages of Bee-Keeping”, “The Honey Bee”, “Products of Bees”, “Combs”, “Modern Bee-Keeping Appliances”, “Food”, “Swarming”, “Manipulating Honey”, “Diseases of Bees”, “Enemies of Bees”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on keeping bees.
A New York Times Notable Book: “A melodious mix of memoir, nature journal, and beekeeping manual” (Kirkus Reviews). Weaving a vivid portrait of her own life and her bees’ lives, author Sue Hubbell lovingly describes the ins and outs of beekeeping on her small Missouri farm, where the end of one honey season is the start of the next. With three hundred hives, Hubbell stays busy year-round tending to the bees and harvesting their honey, a process that is as personally demanding as it is rewarding. Exploring the progression of both the author and the hive through the seasons, this is “a book about bees to be sure, but it is also about other things: the important difference between loneliness and solitude; the seasonal rhythms inherent in rural living; the achievement of independence; the accommodating of oneself to nature” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Beautifully written and full of exquisitely rendered details, it is a tribute to Hubbell’s wild hilltop in the Ozarks and of the joys of living a complex life in a simple place.
Bees continue to fascinate and charm us all - from novice gardeners and nature-lovers to dedicated environmentalists - and today, bees need our help more than ever. Discover the story of these incredible creatures, with The Little Book of Bees. Bees first appeared on Earth an incredible 130 million years ago. Since the time of the dinosaurs, evolution has taken our beloved bees on an incredible journey - and today, there are 20,000 species on the planet. The Little Book of Bees is a lovely, informative book of all things bee - from evolution and communication, to honey,bee-keeping, and saving the bees - all in a beautifullyillustrated gift book. contentsChapter One: The Story of BeesThe Evolution of the Bee · Bee Anatomy · Bee FactsBee vs Wasp · The Bee Family Tree*Chapter Two: Waggledance to Bee CareersBee Communication · Bee Navigation · The Hive of ActivityBee Roles and Responsibilities · What is a Swarm? · Bee Defence*Chapter Three: Making HoneyWhat is Honey? · Types of Honey · Top Pollinators and Favorite Flowers Honey Recipes · Honey Healthcare*Chapter Four: Bee-KeepingAn Introduction to Bee-Keeping · Treating Bee-Stings*Chapter Five: Protecting Our Bee BuddiesWhy Are Bees in Decline? · Supporting Our Bees in 10 Easy StepsBee-Support Crafts · Bee-Friendly Gardens
This book contains a detailed guide to bees and bee-keeping, with chapters on history, anatomy, habits, common problems, and much more. Profusely illustrated and full of timeless information, "A Book about Bees" constitutes a must-read for modern bee-keepers and is not to be missed by collectors of vintage bee-keeping literature. Contents include: "The Cottage Bee-keepers' Home", "Wild Bees and Flowers", "Italian Bee", "Queen, Worker, and Drone Bees", "The Queen and Her Attendants", "Queen Cells in Different Stages", "The Cottager and his Bees", "Hiving a Swarm", "The Head, Thorax", "Abdomen", "Of a Bee", "Wing of a Bee", "Egg and Larvae of the Bee", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on Bee-keeping.
The more we learn about bees, the more extraordinary they seem. They have five eyes and beat their wings at almost 200 cycles per second. And to communicate with each other bees do make sounds but also dance. This book, packed with over 30 figures, gives a fascinating insight into the extraordinary complex and highly organised world of bees. The author, K. Weiss, explains the critical role that bees and bee-keeping play for human society, and offers advice for those interested in raising bees.