The bee book: Beekeeping in Australia

The bee book: Beekeeping in Australia


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Author: Peter Warhurst & Roger Goebel
2nd edition 2005

Contains detailed information on honeybees and every aspect of responsible, sucessful beekeeping. For the hobbist or full-time commercial operators. The bee book has been written and compiled by beekeepers who are also apiary officers of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland. It draws on their personal experience and that of other beekeepers, as well as over 100 years of DPI&F research and experience.

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This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detailed information on honeybees and on every aspect of responsible, successful beekeeping – whether as a hobby, a part-time occupation or a commercial operation. It also covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia where, in contrast to cooler areas, bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout the winter.





The book has 196 pages, 61 colour plates, 137 other pictures and covers:

  1. An introduction to bee and beekeeping
  2. The honeybee colony
  3. Beginning in bees
  4. Hive construction and preservation
  5. General management
  6. Flora
  7. Feeding and watering bees
  8. Queen bees and package bees
  9. Swarming
  10. Removing the honey crop
  11. Honey extracting
  12. Useful machinery
  13. Products of the hive
  14. Pollination
  15. Pests of bees
  16. Endemic diseases of bees
  17. Chemical poisoning of bees
  18. Exotic diseases and pests
  19. Australian native bees.