Subspecies: The Place of Honey Bees in the World


The Place of Honey Bees in the World

The honey bee managed in North America is the western honey bee Apis mellifera L. The generic name Apis means “bee-like,” and students of Romance languages …

The Place of Beekeeping in the World

The very word “beekeeping” implies the existence of a bee that can be “kept.” And the wonder of this fact should not be lost on the writers and readers of beekeeping books. Among the 20,000 or so bee species on Earth, only a handful tolerate some degree of human management. Standing above them all, Apis mellifera not only tolerates human management but thrives under it, achieving colony populations and productivity far in excess of other species. It is the dual …

Biology of the Honey Bee Colony


The grand objectives

The agenda of a honey bee colony is to reproduce and survive the next winter. This is essentially the same for a solitary insect, but in choosing a year-round colonial habit, honey bees are obligated to possess efficient behaviors in foraging, recruitment, food …

Biology of Individual Honey Bees


The Honey Bees’ World

It is safe to say that the bees’ agenda are not necessarily the beekeeper’s. The one is interested in securing a large honey supply to ensure the colony’s survival …

First Lessons in Beekeeping: Honey Bee Biology

Image:FirstLessonsCoverPageFeature.jpgLearn about bee biology as a prerequisite to successful beekeeping


Honey Bee Biology

The honey bee larva is an undistinguished white grub and quite active although this movement is undetectable to a casual observer.

Being Chapters 1 and 2 of FIRST LESSONS IN BEEKEEPING
by Keith S. Delaplane
Submitted to the Bee Health Community of Practice for use as an e-bulletin
Reproduced with permission by the publishers Dadant & Sons, Hamilton, Illinois, USA. Copyright ©, 2007

These chapters cover some …