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. 2011Diana Sammatarro and A. Avitabile Library, Amazon, B&N
  • Honeybee Democracy  2010. Thomas D. Seeley. Bee behaviorist extraodinaire. Library, AmazonB&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&NAmazon


  • 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
  • Bee Culture – “The Magazine of American Beekeeping” Published by the A.J. Root Company. On the web at available as an app and print edition (12 months). Email: