Education & Reference


  • HCBA Library Books

    The following is a list of books in the Howard County Beekeepers library that one may find useful in keeping honey bees and/or studying to become a Master Beekeeper.

    These books can be borrowed by members of the Howard County Beekeepers Association who are in good standing.

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    1          A Year in the Beeyard            Roger A Morse          

    2          ABC and XYZ of BeeCulture (41st ed)        Roger Morse and Kim Flottum, editors          EAS

    3          Africanized Honeybees          Dewey Caron 

    4          Anatomy of the Honey Bee    R. E. Snodgrass         

    5          Backyard Beekeeper   Kim Flottum  

    6          Barefoot Beekeeper   P. J. Chandler 

    7          Bee      Rose-Lynn Fisher       

    8          Bee Sex Essentials      Larry Conner  

    9          Beekeeper's Handbook (The)  Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile    

    10        Beekeeping - Self-Sufficiency            Joanna Ryde  

    11        Beekeeping for Dummies (copy 1)     Howland Blackiston  

    12        Beekeeping for Dummies (copy 2)     Howland Blackiston  

    13        Beekeeping, a Seasonal Guide            Ron Brown    

    14        Bees : Their Vision, Chemical Senses and Language Karl von Frisch           EAS

    15        Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees            Kim Flottum  

    16        Better Queens             Jay Smith       

    17        Biology of the Honeybee        Mark Winston EAS

    18        Classroom       Jerry Hayes    

    19        Dancing Bees: An account of the Life and Senses of the Honey Bee           Karl von Frisch           EAS

    20        Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases      USDA Ag Handbook

    21        Hive and The Honeybee         L.L. Langstroth          

    22        Hive and The Honeybee (2008)          Dadant            EAS

    23        Hive and The Honeybee (revisited)    L.L. Langstroth          

    24        Hive Management       Dick Bonney   EAS

    25        Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping  Dewey M. Caron        EAS

    26        Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (revised)           Dewey M. Caron w/ Larry Conner     EAS

    27        Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary         Keith S. Delaplane     

    28        Honey Bees: Pests, Predators, and Diseases  Roger Morse, Kim Flottum, etc, editors        

    29        Honey Handbook       Kim Flottum  

    30        Honey Hunters of Nepal         Eric Valli and Diane Summers           

    31        Honey Plants of North America, 1926, Reprint         Harvey Lovell EAS

    32        Honey Shows  Roger Morse, Mary Morse, and Lou Morse   EAS

    33        Honeybee (The) - A Guide for Beekeepers    V.R. Vickery  

    34        Honeybee Democracy             Thomas D. Seeley      

    35        Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper   C. Marina Marchese   

    36        How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey    Walter T. Kelley         

    37        Increase Essentials      Larry Conner  

    38        Kitchen Creations with Honey           Ann Harmon and Ernie Miner Jr       

    39        Mad About Mead       Pam Spence     EAS

    40        Making Mead (Honey Wine): History, Recipes, Methods, and Equipment   Roger A Morse          

    41        Memoir of an Average Man    John Romanik

    42        Mites Of The Honey Bee        Edited by Webster & Delaplane, Dadant       EAS

    43        Natural Beekeeping: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden   Kim Flottum          

    44        Observation Hives      Tom Webster and Dewey Caron        EAS

    45        Practical Beekeeper: Vol 1 Beginning Beekeeping Naturally            Michael Bush 

    46        Practical Beekeeper: Vol 2 Intermediate Beekeeping Naturally        Michael Bush 

    47        Practical Beekeeper: Vol 3 Advanced Beekeeping Naturally            Michael Bush 

    48        Queen Rearing Essentials       Larry Conner  

    49        Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey     Holley Bishop

    50        Swarm Prevention                  

    51        The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore         Hilda Ransome          

    52        Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined            Wyatt A Magnum      

    53        Urban Beekeeping: A Guide to Keeping Bees in the City     Craig Hughes 

    54        Weeds of the Northeast          Richard H Uva, Joseph C Neal, Joseph M DiTomaso            EAS

    55        What's the Buzz? (HoCo Zoning)      HCBA

    56        Wisdom of the Hive   Thomas D. Seeley      



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  • Education, Calendar, Other Info

    Wayne's Calendar, Honey Bees vs Yellowjackets, Glossary

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  • Videos (Honey Bees)

    "How-To" videos - Installing a package of honey bees, checking a bee hive, harvesting honey, etc.

    Note: Videos are provided to enhance your knowledge and should not be taken to be the the best or only method.  After viewing, do not hesitate to contact one of our master beekeepers to discuss the video.

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  • Recipes for beekeepers

    A reference list of recipes (extender patties, etc.) that beekeepers may need. 

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  • Children' Education sites

    Lesson plans and information for teaching children about honey bees

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  • Ask a Beekeeper

    An e-mail address where you can direct questions about honey bees to one of our beekeepers.

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  • Books (EAS Digitized Books on Honey Bees)

    "The Everett F. Phillips' Beekeeping Collection at Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library is one of the largest and most complete apiculture libraries in the world. The Hive and the Honey Bee grew out of a presentation on the Phillips collection at the 2002 Eastern Apiculture Society conference and is something of a digital child to that print collection. Having first started out as an initial collection of ten titles deemed to be among the most historically important books in the Phillips library, with the support of beekeepers across the United States The Hive and the Honey Bee has since grown to include over 30 key monographs as well as the first fourty volumes of the American Bee Journal, covering the years 1861 through 1900 of that landmark publication. Each voulme of this growing digital collection is available in full text format and is fully searchable."

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  • Articles (Bees, Pollination, etc)
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  • Parasites, Pests, Predators and Diseases

    Honey Bee Parasites, Pests and Predators and Honey Bee Diseases - On-line information (images and text) to aid in identifying and protecting honey bee colonies from harmful diseases, parasites and other problems. This information is designed to assist beekeepers in learning to recognize the symptoms of common maladies of the honey bee and to administer approved treatments or control measures.

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  • Seminar
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The purpose of this website is to promote honey beekeeping by providing a forum in which current honey beekeepers may become more knowledgeable of best practices and the public can become more, and accurately, informed on the benefits of honey bees. For more info or comments, contact Jeff Crooks at