First Lessons in Beekeeping

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First Lessons in Beekeeping introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and numerous color photos on honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment. In the preface to this book, author Keith Delaplane says of his first book on beekeeping, "Its pages opened to me a golden world of honey bees and beekeeping and guided my stumbling steps that first spring season. My story is but one of thousands who have passed through the door opened by Dadant's little book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915698127
  • Publisher: Dadant & Sons
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith S. Delaplane is Professor of Entomology and head of honey bee research and extension lab at the University of Georgia. He has a long association with honey bees, beginning when his father bought him a beginner's kit when he was 13. Dr. Delaplane has authored, co-authored, or edited over 200 publications, including four books, one public television series, and over 30 original research articles. He is a recipient of the Exceptional Service award by the Apiary Inspectors of America; James I. Hambleton Award for Research by the Eastern Apicultural Society; and the D.W. Brooks and Walter B. Hill Awards for Service by the University of Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2007 Edition     V
The Place of Honey Bees in the World     1
Apis mellifera mellifera     2
Apis mellifera ligustica     3
Apis mellifera caucasica     3
Apis mellifera carnica     4
Russian bees     4
Apis mellifera scutellata     5
The place of beekeeping in the world     5
The Honey Bees' World     11
Social life     11
The biology of individuals     12
Some things in common     13
The biology of workers     17
The biology of queens     18
The biology of drones     20
The biology of the colony     22
The grand objectives     22
Overwintering     22
Spring and the reproductive cycle     23
Queen supersedure     25
Foraging regulation and recruitment     25
The Bee Hive and Its Accessories     29
Bottom board     30
Hive bodies     32
Queen excluder     33
Honey supers     34
Foundation     34
Frames     35
Inner and outer covers     40
Feeders     40
Boardman feeder     41
Division board feeder     42
Plastic food bags     42
Pails with perforated lids     43
Smoker     44
Hive tool     44
Veil     44
Gloves     45
Bee suit     46
Getting Started     47
Apiary locations     47
Four ways to get started     48
Working a colony     49
Installing package bees     50
Installation     50
Three-week check     57
Installing swarms     59
Installing nucleus colonies     61
Buying established colonies     62
Management for Honey Production and Pollination     65
Early season build-up     65
Requeening     66
Swarm management     69
Supering for the nectar flow     73
Other considerations in honey production     74
Working with Africanized bees     75
Honey plants     78
Pollination     83
Products of the Bee Hive     85
Processing honey     85
Honey moisture      85
Harvesting honey     86
Post-harvest dehydration     86
Extracting honey     88
Comb honey     92
Beeswax     95
Pollen     96
Off-Season Management     99
Optimum colony configuration     99
Achieving optimum colony configuration     100
Weather protection     102
Warm winter days     103
Honey Bee Disorders, Parasites, and Nest Invaders     105
Integrated pest management     106
Diseases of Brood     107
American foulbrood     107
European foulbrood     111
Chalkbrood     113
Sacbrood     116
Diseases of adults     116
Nosema     116
Viruses     117
Parasitic mites     118
Tracheal mites     118
Varroa mites     121
Nest scavengers     126
Wax moths     126
Small hive beetles     129
Non-infectious disorders     134
Queenlessness     134
Robbing     135
Visible mutations     136
Predators, vertebrate or otherwise      137
Pesticides     141
Epilogue     145
Glossary     148
Index     163
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