David Woodward 2009 138 pages Code R450
Everything that a beekeeper keeping Apis mellifera bees of European origin needs to know about rearing queens. Queen bee biology is clearly explained, as is queen rearing in frame hives, either with or without grafting (the transfer of larvae from normal brood cells into queen cell cups, using a grafting tool). Day-by-day instructions make the process clear and understandable. All necessary additional information is provided, such as bees’ need for good nutrition and how to capture and transport queens. Bee breeding is a complex field and the information given here is the right amount to inform, yet not overwhelm, with methods given for defining selection criteria, and implementing a programme. Instrumental insemination of bees is described: rationale, equipment and methodology.
Starting with the cover’s beautiful queen and workers, this clear text is well illustrated and provides a useful guide for beekeepers.