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Educational and Interesting Things About Honey Bees


Wedge Frames

Inserting crimped wire foundation

Putting together a telescoping cover

Assembling A Solid Bottom Board

Make A Simple Candy Board

Assembling a Hive Stand

Make a simple frame assembly jig to assemble 10 frames at a time.
Blue Prints


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)


Directions for using Apiguard

Directions for using ApiLife Var

Directions for using Mite-Away Quick Strips

Directions for using Fumagilin B

Amino-B Booster and Honey-B-Healthy


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.

Beekeeping Vocabulary Words

Having a problem with robbing? Use a robbing screen.

A very good resource web site

YouTube – An easy and inexpensive solar wax melter, you could also paint the inside of the container black for more heat.

Varroa Reproductions Guideline

Powdered Sugar Sampling to monitor Varroa mite populations (pdf)

Some things to consider when using powered sugar for monitoring Varroa mites.

Local Honey Proven to Fight Allergies

Free online beekeeping class

Bee Disease Diagnosis Service Beltsville Agricultural Research Center


How to install a package of bees on a sunny day

How to install a package of bees on a rainy day

European and American Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies: Part 1

European and American Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies: Part 2

The Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

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.


Honey Plants of North America by Harvey B. Lovell and Lawrence R. Goltz

Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb


American Bee Journal

Bee Culture

Bee Craft


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 or 506-685-0176