This DPI Publication provides all the knowledge and instruction you need to get started breeding queens. It is set out in a series of short chapters which provide you with the practical knowledge from the first page. As you move through the book you will learn about the biology of bee reproduction as you learn to apply ever more specific skills, from grafting queens right through to packaging and transporting them. 

This is an invaluable reference work for any beekeeper who is interested in the life cycle of their beehive, and an excellent educational tool. 173pp with colour diagrams throughout. 

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • Queen Cell Production
  • Grafting
  • Nutrition
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Honey Bee Subspecies
  • Breeding Stock Evalutation and Maintenance
  • Genetics and the Honey Bee
  • Selective Breeding Programs
  • Drone Mother Colony Management
  • Nucleus Colonies and Mating Apiaries
  • Catching, Caging, and Shipping Queen Bees
  • Queen Banking
  • Queen Bee Introduction
  • Queen Markets, Interstate Movement Regulations and Levies
  • Controlled Mating
  • Calendar of Operations
  • Package Bees
  • Glossary, Further Information, and Appendices

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