Beekeeping: Honeybee Resources for Being a Beekeeper

Honey Bee on a Flower
Honey Bee on a Flower | Source

Resources for Beekeepers

 The following is a growing list of the best resources for beekeepers in the United States and beyond.  If you are new to beekeeping or a longtime veteran, you should find plenty of great resources here.

These are all the best suppliers of beekeeping products.  Whether you are a hobbyist or have an apiary, with hundreds of hives, these are the sources for you.

Beekeepers
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Beekeeping DVDs

Organic Beekeeping 101 DVD
Organic Beekeeping 101 DVD

This is an excellent DVD for those of us that are visual learners.

 

Types of Bees and Where to Buy Them

There are many varieties of bees for which you can purchase. Here you will find a breakdown of the characteristics, or 'stock', of the various types and links below as to where you can buy them.

Characteristics of Honey Bees by Type

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Bee Type   
Temperament  
Disease Tolerance   
Productivity   
Wintering Ability  
Italian (Apis mellifera ligustica)
*****
**** 
***** 
****
Russian (Apis mellifera)
*****
***** 
***** 
*****
Caucasion (Apis mellifera caucasica)
*****
****
*** 
**
Carniolan (Apis mellifera carnica Pollman)
***** 
*** 
**** 
**** 
Buckfast (Apis mellifera: hybrid)
***
***** 
*** 
**** 
Starline (Apis mellifera: Hybrid)
**** 
***
*** 
** 
Midnight (Apis mellifera: Hybrid)
**** 
**** 
*** 
**** 
Yugo (Apis mellifera: hybrid)
***
****
***
****
Where to Buy Honey Bees
Where to Buy Honey Bees
Beekeeping For Dummies
Beekeeping For Dummies

This is a great starting point to learning about beekeeping.

 
Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers (Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides)
Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers (Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides)

Although it was first published in 1990 it is still a very thorough and helpful book for those interested in beekeeping.

 
Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health (Storey's Guide to Raising)
Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health (Storey's Guide to Raising)

This is an updated version from the beekeeping books written by Richard Bonney (Hive Management) and is well worth buying. Having read the two above, I'm not on this one.

 

Things You Can Make from Honey, the Comb, and etc

 The Honeybee has provided humans with a huge assortment of products, including that of candles, a medicinal salve, glue, a sweetener, wine, lip balm, and much more.  Below you will find sources and information as to what and how you can make these wonderful things.

Thank you Honeybee!

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mepperly 5 years ago from Vancouver,WA

Very informative. I want to share the bee smoker instructions that I have written and I will include a link to your hub on mine. http://hubpages.com/living/Make-a-Bee-Smoker


Sangita parajuli 5 years ago

very nice findings, it help me lot in my thesis write up. thank u


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tritrain 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for the nice comments. :)


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Amelia Blick 5 years ago from UK

This was a very interesting read - I enjoyed it. Thanks for putting this together.


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Hugh Williamson 5 years ago from Northeast USA

This is a great source of info for any beekeeper. I find it a to be a great hobby and it's also a vital part of food production.

Great Hub.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting hub. Great information about supplies for bee keeping.

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