Make a simple frame assembly jig to assemble 10 frames at a time.
An old bulletin but full of information Environmental Influences on Nectar Secretion
Observations on the Flowering and Nectar Secretion of Rubus Fruitcosus (Common Name: blackberry)
|Type||Egg||Larva||Cell capped||Pupa||Average Developmental Period||Start of Fertility||Body Length||Hatching Weight|
|3 days||5 1/2 days||7 1/2 days||8 days||16 days||approx. 23 days||18-22 mm||nearly 200 mg|
|3 days||6 days||9 days||12 days||21 days (Range: 18-22days)||N/A||12-15 mm||nearly 100 mg|
|3 days||6 1/2 days||10 days||14 1/2 days||24 days||approx. 38 days||15-17 mm||nearly 200 mg|
What difference does the color of your hive make? Check this page out.
Having a problem with robbing? Use a robbing screen.
A very good resource web site http://www.extension.org/bee_health
YouTube – An easy and inexpensive solar wax melter, you could also paint the inside of the container black for more heat.
Some things to consider when using powered sugar for monitoring Varroa mites.
Bee Disease Diagnosis Service Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
ARKIVE - Images of life on Earth "Honey Bee Overview" There are some very good videos of honey bees.
Broodmapper is an interactive environment where you can learn to identify different stages of brood development and cell contents as you perform citizen science. Anyone can volunteer to help identify the cell contents in the photographs and hone their skills in inspecting colonies.
There is an excellent selection of bee books at Wicwas Press.
Here are some titles:
Increase Essentials by Lawrence John Connor
Queen Rearing Essentials by Lawrence John Connor
Swarm Essentails by Stephen J. Repasky with Lawrence J. Connor
Other titles you may find at a local bookstore or on Amazon are:
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to the Scientific and Practical Culture of Honey Bees by Amos Ives Root (Author), Ann Harman (Author, Editor), Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki (Author, Editor)
The Hive and the Honey Bee by Roy A Grout
Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley
The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden by Kim Flottum
Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees by Kim Flottum
Honey Bee Removal: A Step by Step Guide by Cindy Bee and Bill Owens
The Beekeeper's Handbook, Third Edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile
Beekeeping For Dummies by Howland Blackiston
Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad
Practical Queen Rearing by Frank C. Pellett
The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush
First Lessons in Beekeeping available from Dadant Beekeeping Supply
Bee by Rose-Lynn Fisher
Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary, 3rd Edition - Keith Delaplane, Ph.D.
NECTAR SOURCES AND PLANT ID
Honey Plants of North America by Harvey B. Lovell and Lawrence R. Goltz
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb
Colony: The Endangered World of Bees
NOVA: Bees - Tales From the Hive
Vanishing of the Bees
Nature: Silence of the Bees
City of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Following the Bloom
The Sound of Language: A Novel
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