Beekeeping: A Discussion of the Life of the Honeybee and of the Production of Honey



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In the world of pollinators the honey bee plays a crucial role and is a "keystone species," says entomologist, Dr. May Berenbaum. This keystone is much like the central brick in an archway that holds the structure together, for without it "the whole arch collapses" (Silence of the Bees, PBS Nature). Over the last century, many books have been written about bees and beekeeping, yet few are as extensive as Beekeeping: A Discussion of the Life of the Honeybee and of the Production of Honey by Everett Franklin Phillips, PhD. In his Preface the author stresses that "a logical discussion of the various phases of the complex subject of beekeeping," is of immense value to those who wish to make it an occupation. Phillips (1878-1951) was head of the Division of Bee Culture at the USDA Department of Entomology. He was professor of apiculture at Cornell University and over his lifetime he authored over 600 scientific articles and bulletins dealing with all aspects of apiculture. In this classic work, Phillips provides an in-depth study of bee anatomy, physiology, and behavior, examining both the life of the individual bee and its relationship to the colony. He discusses the known races of bees, such as Egyptian, Syrian, Grecian, Carniolan, Caucasian, Italian, German, Asian, and African; upon completing this survey he provides his recommendations for the "best races of bees." For today's beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners alike, there is a growing need for an adequate supply of honey-plants. The answer, in part, will be found in this book using Phillips' comprehensive 24 page,annotated list of North American honey-plants. With 190 illustrations and a complete index, a reader will find the equivalent of a beekeeping library in one edition. Reprinted by Silver Street Media from the original published by The Macmillan Company in 1915.