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Beekeeping Resources



American Bee Journal, 51 S. 2nd St., Hamilton, IL 62341,


Bush, Michael.  The Practical Beekeeper.   X-Star Publishing, 2004- 2011.


Dadant, C.P.  First Lessons in Beekeeping.  Illinois:  Dadant and Sons.  1976 edition.


Disselkoen, Mel.  OTS Queen Rearing.  Wyoming, MI:  International Mating Nuc, Inc.  2014.


Dolittle, G.M.  Scientific Queen Rearing.  Hebden Bridge, UK:  Northern Bee Books 2010, re-print of original 1901 manuscript published by George W. York & Company, Chicago, IL.


Dolittle, G.M.  A Year’s Work in An Out-Apiary.  Hebden Bridge, UK:  Northern Bee Books 2013, re-print of original 1910 manuscript published by A.I. Root Co. Medina, OH.


Langstroth, L.L.  Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey-bee.  Mineola, NY:  Dover Publications, Inc.  2004, re-print of original manuscript published in 1878 by J.B. Lippincott & Co. Philadelphia, under the title A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-Bee.


Mangum, Wyatt A. Ph.D.  Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping:  Wisdom and Pleasure Combined.  Bowling Green, VA:  Stinging Drone Publications, 2012.


Miller, C.C.  Fifty Years Among the Bees.  New York:  Dover Publications, Inc. 2006, re-print of original 1915 manuscript published by A.I. Root Co. Medina, OH.


Pellet, Frank C.  History of American Beekeeping.  Ames, IA:  Collegiate Press, Inc. 1938.  Re-printed by Wicwas Press, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013.


Root, E.R.  “Long Idea Hive Again”.  Gleanings in Bee Culture May 1920:  268-271.


Root Publishing.  The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture – 40th Edition.  Medina, OH:  A.I. Root Co., 1990.


Taylor, Richard.  The Joys of Beekeeping.  Interlaken, NY:  Linden Books, 1984.






I would like to express my deep appreciation to the individuals and publishing companies that have re-printed the historic works that are cited here.  Without those re-prints it is very difficult to get the valuable information contained in these texts.  Originals of these works are 100 or more years old and are rare and often fragile if they can be obtained at all in print form.  Some of the more contemporary texts have been updated, such as ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture and First Lessons in Beekeeping, but these updates often reflect the very prejudices I am trying to dispel, so I recommend the older versions.  The varroa mite entered the American beekeeping scene in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s depending on the region.  Books written prior to that time have more level-headed beekeeping information in my opinion than those written later.  However, literature written prior to 2006 has a lot of good information in it as well.  After 2006 and the advent of “CCD”, desperation set in and most of what has been published or updated since has been heavily skewed toward chemical controls.  I personally like to have hard, print copies of books, so I am grateful for the publishers that have recognized the value of historic books and have made them available to the general public in print form.


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