First Lessons in Beekeeping

ISBN-10: 0915698129

ISBN-13: 9780915698127

Edition: 1st 2007

Authors: Keith S. Delaplane

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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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Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Dadant & Sons
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 166
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface to the 2007 Editionp. V
The Place of Honey Bees in the Worldp. 1
Apis mellifera melliferap. 2
Apis mellifera ligusticap. 3
Apis mellifera caucasicap. 3
Apis mellifera carnicap. 4
Russian beesp. 4
Apis mellifera scutellatap. 5
The place of beekeeping in the worldp. 5
The Honey Bees' Worldp. 11
Social lifep. 11
The biology of individualsp. 12
Some things in commonp. 13
The biology of workersp. 17
The biology of queensp. 18
The biology of dronesp. 20
The biology of the colonyp. 22
The grand objectivesp. 22
Overwinteringp. 22
Spring and the reproductive cyclep. 23
Queen supersedurep. 25
Foraging regulation and recruitmentp. 25
The Bee Hive and Its Accessoriesp. 29
Bottom boardp. 30
Hive bodiesp. 32
Queen excluderp. 33
Honey supersp. 34
Foundationp. 34
Framesp. 35
Inner and outer coversp. 40
Feedersp. 40
Boardman feederp. 41
Division board feederp. 42
Plastic food bagsp. 42
Pails with perforated lidsp. 43
Smokerp. 44
Hive toolp. 44
Veilp. 44
Glovesp. 45
Bee suitp. 46
Getting Startedp. 47
Apiary locationsp. 47
Four ways to get startedp. 48
Working a colonyp. 49
Installing package beesp. 50
Installationp. 50
Three-week checkp. 57
Installing swarmsp. 59
Installing nucleus coloniesp. 61
Buying established coloniesp. 62
Management for Honey Production and Pollinationp. 65
Early season build-upp. 65
Requeeningp. 66
Swarm managementp. 69
Supering for the nectar flowp. 73
Other considerations in honey productionp. 74
Working with Africanized beesp. 75
Honey plantsp. 78
Pollinationp. 83
Products of the Bee Hivep. 85
Processing honeyp. 85
Honey moisturep. 85
Harvesting honeyp. 86
Post-harvest dehydrationp. 86
Extracting honeyp. 88
Comb honeyp. 92
Beeswaxp. 95
Pollenp. 96
Off-Season Managementp. 99
Optimum colony configurationp. 99
Achieving optimum colony configurationp. 100
Weather protectionp. 102
Warm winter daysp. 103
Honey Bee Disorders, Parasites, and Nest Invadersp. 105
Integrated pest managementp. 106
Diseases of Broodp. 107
American foulbroodp. 107
European foulbroodp. 111
Chalkbroodp. 113
Sacbroodp. 116
Diseases of adultsp. 116
Nosemap. 116
Virusesp. 117
Parasitic mitesp. 118
Tracheal mitesp. 118
Varroa mitesp. 121
Nest scavengersp. 126
Wax mothsp. 126
Small hive beetlesp. 129
Non-infectious disordersp. 134
Queenlessnessp. 134
Robbingp. 135
Visible mutationsp. 136
Predators, vertebrate or otherwisep. 137
Pesticidesp. 141
Epiloguep. 145
Glossaryp. 148
Indexp. 163
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