Best Resources for “Bee-ginning” Beekeepers
Have you been bitten (er, stung?) by the beekeeping bug? Check out these resources to help you get started.
By Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson
When you embark on any new hobby or project, it’s helpful (and fun!) to access a variety of sources of information. That’s one way to increase your knowledge and skill level, while choosing the most effective options for yourself. If beekeeping is your goal, then be sure to check out the following resources—you’ll find organizations, magazines, beekeeping suppliers and more.
- To produce a single pound of honey, bees must visit as many as 2 million flowers and travel an accumulated distance of 50,000 miles.
- In her lifetime, an average female honey bee can fly a distance equal to that of traveling 1.5 times around the earth.
- Bees fly approximately 15 miles an hour.
- Bees have a fairly elaborate system of communication, involving both chemical (scent) and mechanical (“dancing”) aids. Bees can communicate information about food sources and danger, the brood can make requests for food, and queen bees can even offer “encouragement” to the workers.
- On a summer day, a busy, healthy queen bee may lay as many as 2,000 eggs!
- Each of the three types of honey bee (queens, workers and drones) have a distinct body shape: queens are long, slender and large; workers are shorter and rounder; and drones possess very large eyes.
- Check out this page (http://tocohills.dentaloneatlanta.com/health-benefits-of-honey/) for more about the health benefits of honey. (Thanks, Emma Weaver!)
Beekeeping Supply Companies
Blue Sky Bee Supply
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Inc.
Dadant& Sons, Inc.
GloryBee Beekeeping Supplies
Miller Bee Supply
Ruhl Bee Supply
Walter T. Kelley Co.
Western Bee Supplies Inc.
Bee Packages and Queens
C. F. Koehnen& Sons, Inc.
Noble Apiaries LLC
Queen Bees for sale
also package bees for sale
R Weaver Apiaries, Inc.
Strachan Apiaries, Inc.
Magazines and Publications
American Bee Journal
Bee Culture Magazine
American Beekeeping Federation
American Honey Producers Association
Canadian Honey Council
Eastern Apicultural Society
Heartland Apicultural Society
National Honey Board
Ontario Beekeepers’ Association
The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids
Sent to us by readers, as well as dad-and-daughter team, Frank and Julia Davis