I was asked what kind of books should a person read if he or she was interested in knowing more about bees. The answer is not as simple as one would think. There are many many books written on the subject. I think that I should try to break it down by categories.
A novice beekeeper and those who just want to know should start out with The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive. Believe it or not, this is a very educational book that children and adults can learn from. The next book, Honey Bees & Beekeeping. A Year in the Apiary, by Dr. Keith Delaplane is an excellent book for the beginner beekeeper. It also has a video (sold separately) that goes along with the book to actually show how to… . How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey, by Walter T. Kelley, is an excellent book for the beginner. These will get you started on the road to knowledge.
The next books are more for advanced beekeepers. Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases, Third Edition, by Roger Morse and Kim Flottum tells about the pests such as Varroa and Trachea Mites. Predators would be skunks, raccoons, and even bears that feasts on the honey and brood. Mr. Morse and Mr. Flottum has gathered this information from 40 or so beekeepers, bee inspector, and scientists from across the Northern hemisphere. I purposely left out the diseases so you would have something to read that I didn’t tell you about.
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping was written by Dr. Dewey M. Caron and is a must read for the simplicity of beekeeping. Two more books are companion books in as much as they compliment each other, but each could stand alone in its on merit. They are the: ABC-XYZ OF BEE CULTURE, 41st Edition, by A. I. Root, and The HIVE and the HONEYBEE, first written by L. L. Langstroth, and are considered the bibles of the bee world.
There are two magazines that is a must for up- to-date information. Bee Culture and The American Bee Journal. These are monthly published and well worth the money or you may opt for the electronic version to be sent to your computer..
All these books can be purchased from the bee supply stores of your choice. Even if you decide not to keep bees, you will want to continue reading about them so you can inform you family and friends about the bees and the wonderful things they do and give us. Pollination + Honey = Food.
Happy reading and have a wonderful Halloween and Thanksgiving. Then get ready for Christmas!