The Anatomy and Dissection of the honey bee was first published in 1962 and yet this book is still the basis of teaching beekeepers the structure of the honey bee and how to dissect one to expose all the components of this amazing insect. Many of the drawings are original plates produced by Major Dade but of course the photographs are more recent and we must thank Dr Alan Potter of Brunel Microscopes for providing some of these in this edition.
As Dr Crane stated in her foreword to the first edition the book has been adopted my many organisations as the seminal text for learning and preparation for practical and theory examinations on honey bee anatomy. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and other National Beekeeping Associations recommend this book as key reading for their examinations and the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) Examinations Board in UK use this extensively in their Short Courses and other educational events. Electron microscopes and modern optical microscopes have allowed high quality pictures of the anatomy of the honey bee to be illustrated but often Major Dade’s drawings are simpler and easier to understand.
In recent years there has been an upsurge in understanding the importance of all bees to the environment and the value of honeybees to the economy of the world. This, coupled with the devastating effects of ‘new’ pathogens such as Varroa destructor mean that beekeepers must be more aware of their colonies’ health to ensure their survival and fitness to pollinate crops and other plants.
This book should be a companion to all beekeepers and be available on their bookshelves for reference. International Bee Research Association also supply enlarged laminated copies of the illustrations in this book that will help as guides when dissecting bees. All the materials and microscopes described can be supplied by Brunel Microscopes in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.
Dr Ivor Davis 2017
Chairman NDB Board, Past President BBKA
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Table of Contents
Foreword to the 1962
Edition Foreword to the 1977
Reprinted Edition List of Plates
PART I OUTLINE OF ANATOMY:
The Background of Evolution
Food and the Alimentary Canal
The Blood and Circulation
The Respiratory System
Control: the Nervous System and Sense Organs
The Reproductive Organs
The Juvenile Forms
PART II DISSECTION:
Apparatus and Methods
Dissection of the Worker Bee
Dissection of the Head, all Castes
Dissection of the Drone
Dissection of the Queen
Dissection of the Juvenile Forms
Appendix I Construction of Equipment
Appendix II Microscopical Preparations
Appendix III Plural Forms and Derivations of Anatomical Terms