Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet

Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet

OARDC/Entomology, Honey Bee Lab

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Bees & Beekeeping Sources of Information and Equipment*


Dr. James E. Tew

Beekeeping Books on Selected Topics

Associated Topics

  1. Crane, Eva. The Archaeology of Beekeeping. Ithaca/NY: Cornell University Press; 1983; ISBN: 0-8014-1609-4.
  2. Crane, Eva. Bees and Beekeeping - Science, Practice and World Resources. Ithaca/NY: Comstock Publishing Associates;1990; ISBN:0-8014-2429-1.
  3. Loring, Murray. Bees and the Law. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons, Inc.; 1981; ISBN: 0-915698-07-2.
  4. Morse, Roger A. Making Mead (Honey Wine) - History, Recipes, Methods and Equipment. Cheshire/CT: Wicwas Press; 1980; ISBN: 1-878075-04-7.
  5. Showler, Karl. The Observation Hive. Steventon, Basingstoke, Hants/England: Books New & Old; 1978; ISBN: 0-905652-037.


  1. Coggshall, William L.: Morse, Roger A. Beeswax - Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products. Cheshire/CT: Wicwas Press, P.O. Box 817; 1984.
  2. Berthold, Robert, Jr. Beeswax Crafting. Cheshire/CT: Wicwas Press, P.O. Box 817, 06410; 1993; ISBN: 1-878075-02-0.


  1. Erickson, Eric H. Jr.; Carlson, Stanley D.; Garment, Martin B. A Scanning Electron Microscope Atlas of the Honey Bee. Ames/IA: The Iowa State University Press; 1986; ISBN: 0-8138-0546-5.
  2. Gould, James L.; Gould, Carol Grant. The Honey Bee. New York/NY: Scientific American Library; 1988; ISBN: 0-7167-5023-6.
  3. Michener, Charles D. The Social Behavior of the Bees - A Comparative Study. Cambridge/MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; 1974; ISBN: 0-674-81175-5.
  4. Seeley, Thomas D. Honey Bee Ecology. Princeton/NJ Princeton University Press; 1985; ISBN: 0-691-08391-6.
  5. Snodgrass, R. E. Anatomy of the Honey Bee. Ithaca/NY: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1956.
  6. VonFrisch, Karl. The Dance Language and Orienta-tion of Bees. Cambridge/MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; 1967; ISBN: 67-17321.
  7. Winston, Mark. The Biology of the Honey Bee. Cambridge/MA: Harvard University Press; 1987; ISBN: 0-674-07408-4.


  1. Beekeeping. Irving/TX:Boy Scouts of America; 1979.
  2. Carle, Eric. The Honey Bee and the Robber - A Moving Picture Book. New York/NY Putnam Publishing Group; 1981; ISBN: 0-399-20767-8.
  3. Fischer-Nagel, Heiderose; Fischer-Nagel, Andreas. Life History of the Honey Bee. Minneapolis/MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc.; 1986; ISBN: 0-87614-470-9.
  4. Harrison, Virginia. The World of Honey Bees. Milwau-kee/WI: Gareth Stevens Publishing; 1990; ISBN: 0-8368-0142-3.
  5. Norden, Beth B. The Bee. New York/NY: Steward, Tabori & Chang, Inc.,; 1991; ISBN:1-55670-218-3.
  6. O'Toole, Christopher. The Honey Bee in the Meadow. Milwaukee/WI: Gareth Stevens Publishing; 1990; ISBN: 0-8368-0117-2.
  7. Sinclair, W. Life of the Honey Bee. England: Lady Bird Books; 1969; ISBN: 0-7214-0244-5.


  1. Crane, Eva. A Book of Honey. New York/NY: Charles Scribner's Sons; 1980; ISBN: 0-684-16651-8.
  2. Dadant & Sons. The Honey Kitchen. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons; 1980; ISBN: 0-915698-06-04.
  3. Davenport, Marge. Cooking with Honey! Tigard/OR: Paddlewheel Press; 1992; ISBN: 0-938274-05-8.
  4. Kiser, Marilyn; Valerio Nessie. Honey Naturally. Sonoma/CA: California Honey Advisory Board; 1983.
  5. Kraynek, Sharon L. D. A Honey Cook Book. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Co.; 1991; ISBN: 0-936028-03-3.

General Beekeeping

  1. Bonney, Richard E. Hive Management - A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers. Pownal/VT: Garden Way Publish-ing; 1990; ISBN: 0-88266-637-1 (pbk).
  2. Dadant, C. P. First Lessons in Beekeeping. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons, Inc; 1978; ISBN: 0-915698-02-1.
  3. Dadant & sons, Inc. Beekeeping Questions and Answers. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons, Inc; 1978; ISBN: 0-915698-04-8.
  4. Five Hundred Answers to Bee Questions. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Company; 1973.
  5. Graham, Joe. The Hive and the Honey Bee. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons; 1992; ISBN: 0-915698-09-9.
  6. Kelley, Walter T. How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey. Clarkson/KY: The Walter T. Kelley Company; 13th edition, 1992.
  7. Morse, Roger A.; Flottum, Kim. The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Com-pany; 1990; ISBN: 0-936028-01-7.
  8. Root, E. R. Starting Right With Bees. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Company; 1988.
  9. Sammataro, Diana; Avitabile, Alphonse. The Beekeepers Handbook. New York/NY: Collier-MacMillan Pub-lishing; 1986; ISBN: 0-02-081410-0.

Honey Bee Diseases, Pests, and Africanized Honey Bees

  1. Bailey, Leslie; Ball, B. V. Honey Bee Pathology. New York/NY: Academic Press; 1991; ISBN: 0-12-073481-8.
  2. Johansen, Carl; Mayer, Diane F. Pollinator Protection - A Bee & Pesticide Handbook. Cheshire/CT: Wicwas Press; 1990; ISBN: 1-878075-00-4.
  3. Morse, Roger A.; Nowogrodzki, Richard. Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases. Ithaca/NY: Cornell Uni-versity; 1990; ISBN: 0-8014-2406-2.
  4. Spivak, Marla; Fletcher, David J. C.; Breed, Michael E. The "African" Honey Bee. Boulder/CO: Westerview Press; 1991; ISBN: 0-8133-7209-7.
  5. Winston, Mark. Killer Bees - The Africanized Honey Bee in the Americas. Cambridge/MA: Harvard University Press; 1992; ISBN: 0-674-50352.

Honey Bee Queen Production

  1. Laidlaw, Harry H., Jr. Contemporary Queen Rearing. Hamilton/IL; Dadant & Sons; 1979; ISBN: 0-915698-06-4.
  2. Taber, Steve. Breeding Super Bees. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Company; 1987.
  3. Rinderer, Tom. Bee Genetics & Breeding. New York/NY: Academic Press; 1986; ISBN: 0-12-588920-8.

Nectar and Honey

  1. Crane, Eva. Honey, A Comprehensive Survey. London/England: Heinemann; 1975; ISBN: 434-90270-5.
  2. Killion, Eugene E. Honey In the Comb. Hamilton/IL: Dadant & Sons; 1981; ISBN: 0-915698-08-0.
  3. Lovell, John H. Honey Plants Manual. Medina/OH: The A. I. Root Company; 1966.
  4. Pellett, Frank C. American Honey Plants. American Bee Journal; ISBN: 0-915698-01-3.
  5. Taylor, Richard. The New Comb Honey Book. Interlaken/NY: Linden Books; 1981; ISBN: 0-9603288-5-8.

Pollen and Pollination

  1. Free, John B. Insect Pollination of Crops. second edition. 1993. Academic Press, San Diego, CA 92101; ISBN: 0-12-266651-8.
  2. Hodges, Dorothy. The Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee. London/England: International Bee Research Association; 1974; ISBN: 0-900149-507.
  3. Johansen, Carl; Mayer, Daniel F. Pollinator Protection - A Bee & Pesticide Handbook. Cheshire/CT: Wicwas Press; 1990; ISBN: 1-878075-00-4.
  4. McGregor, S. E. Insect Pollination of Crops. Washington, DC: ARS, USDA; 1976 July.

Beekeeping Journals

  1. American Bee Journal. Dadant & Sons, Inc., Hamilton,IL 62341
  2. Bee Culture. A. I. Root Company, Medina, OH 44256
  3. Bee Science. Wicwas Press, P.O. Box 817, Cheshire, CT 06410
  4. The Speedy Bee. P.O. Box 998, Jesup, GA 31545
  5. Bee World. International Bee Research Association. 18 North Road, Cardiff CF1 3DY, United Kingdom

International/National/Regional Beekeeping Organizations

  1. The American Honey Producers Association. P.O. Box 584, Cheshire, CT 06410
  2. The American Beekeeping Federation, Inc. P.O. Box 1038, Jesup, GA 31545-1038
  3. The Eastern Apiculture Society, P.O. Box 817, Cheshire, CT 06410
  4. The Western Apiculture Society, Ron Neese, Treasurer, P.O. Box 681, Woodland, CA 95695
  5. Southern States Beekeeper's Federation, Dr. John Ambrose, Dept. of Entomology, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
  6. American Bee Breeder's Association, P.O. Box 215, Hayneville, AL 36040
  7. International Bee Research Association, 18 North Road, Cardiff CF1 3DY, United Kingdom
  8. Apimondia, Italy 00186, Rome, Corso Vittoria Emanuele 101

Many individual states have excellent meetings sponsored at different times during the year that could not be listed. Contact your local county extension office to determine if your state has such an organization. Also, in Bee Culture every April issue is "Who's Who In North American Beekeeping". This is a listing of many agencies and organizations.

Beekeeping Supplies, Books, and Equipment

  1. The Walter T. Kelley Company, Clarkson, KY 42726-8064
  2. Dadant & Sons Inc., Hamilton, IL 62341
  3. Mann Lake Supply, Country Road 40 & First Street, Hackensack, MN 56452
  4. Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Inc., Route 1, Box 135, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
  5. Southwestern Ohio Hive Pars Company, 52 Marco Lane, Centerville, OH 45458
  6. F.W. Jones & Sons, Ltd., 44 Dutch St., Bedford, Quebec, Canada
  7. Betterbee, Inc., R.R. #4, Box 4070, Greenwich, NY 12834

Many other businesses also offer beekeeping equipment for sale. Companies listed here are general suppliers and offer a catalog upon request.

Package Honey Bees and Queen Producers

Shipping addresses and costs of bees can be obtained from various honey bee magazines, county extension office, or from neighboring beekeepers. Packages should be ordered during November or December before the next spring. Packages are rarely shipped after June each year.

Extension Service, USDA

Many states have apicultural extension specialists who are responsible for a honey bee program in a particular state. Also, some states may have specific information on beekeeping within their extension system. Check with your local county office for assistance.

NOTE: Disclaimer - This publication may contain pesticide recommendations that are subject to change at any time. These recommendations are provided only as a guide. It is always the pesticide applicator's responsibility, by law, to read and follow all current label directions for the specific pesticide being used. Due to constantly changing labels and product registrations, some of the recommendations given in this writing may no longer be legal by the time you read them. If any information in these recommendations disagrees with the label, the recommendation must be disregarded. No endorsement is intended for products mentioned, nor is criticism meant for products not mentioned. The author and Ohio State University Extension assume no liability resulting from the use of these recommendations.

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Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Ag. Adm. and Director, OSU Extension.

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