Some recommended reading…there are scores of books out there on beekeeping, bee biology, behavior and more. Here are a few useful ones…
Management & Behavior
- The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition. 2011. Diana Sammatarro and A. Avitabile Library, Amazon, B&N
- Honeybee Democracy 2010. Thomas D. Seeley. Bee behaviorist extraodinaire. Library, Amazon, B&N
- Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping. 2013. Dewey M. Carron and Lawrence J. Connor. Amazon
- Beekeeping for Dummies 2020. Howland Blackiston. Various versions, many find this one very helpful… Library B&N, Amazon
- A Sustainable Approach to Controlling Honey Bee Diseases and Varroa Mites, 2005, Marla Spivak. PDF
- Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, 2016, Marla Spivak. PDF
- Tools for Varroa Management, A Guide to Effective Sampling & Control. Honey Bee Health Coalition
This guide lays out an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for managing Varroa mite infestations; including how to monitor mite levels, chemical and non-chemical methods and how to determine which treatment is appropriate for a beekeeper to use at different phases in a colony’s life cycle. PDF
- American Bee Journal Established in 1861. Published by Dadant & Sons. Subscriptions of digital and print editions, Many useful resources, including a digital newsletter on the web at americanbeejournal.com
- Bee Culture – “The Magazine of American Beekeeping” Published by the A.J. Root Company. On the web at beeculture.com available as an app and print edition (12 months). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FDA guide for labeling honey
- Southern Oregon Beekeepers Assn.
- Beesource.com, not a sales point, but an accumulation of information
- Basic Beekeeping, subscribe to get these lessons.
- Bush bees, a site for “practical natural beekeeping.”
- Western Apiculture Society hosted by UC Davis.
- Anarchy Apiaries, interesting site, lots of content.
- TED talk by Marla Spivak on why bees are disappearing.
- Scientific Beekeeping, Randy Oliver’s website. A source of scientific research on beekeeping.