The Bee Book: Beekeeping in Australia is compiled by beekeepers from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. It draws on over 100 years of that department's research and experience. In warm areas of Australia, bees continue to breed and produce honey in winter. This book provides knowledge on beekeeping in that uniquely Australian context. The third edition has an update on palletisation (for professional beekeepers) and the impact of pesticides on bees. 137 illustrations in black-and-white and 61 in colour.

List of chapters:

  • introduction to bees and beekeeping
  • the honeybee colony
  • hive construction and preservation
  • general management
  • flora
  • feeding and watering bees
  • queen bees and package bees
  • swarming
  • removing the honey crop
  • honey extracting
  • useful machinery
  • products of the hive
  • pollination
  • pests of bees
  • endemic diseases of bees
  • chemical poisoning of bees
  • exotic diseases and pests
  • Australian native bees
  • contact details for apiary officers in Australia
  • glossary of terms, further reading, alphabetical index

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