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msscha
09-26-2015, 03:56 PM
These are well-known books -- I've read Constructive Beekeeping a couple of times and am still trying to understand just how ventilation works, especially given contradictory findings about entrance placement (Beesource says the entrance should be at the top based on a 1978 publication while Seely says the bottom is preferred). The relationship of ventilation and insulation, though, seem quite pertinent regardless where you live -- I am in north central FL, and while we do get cold temps and wild swings in the winter, the biggest constant is humidity. I am going to try a new build (TBH) using ply and foam insulation to see if it will create a more constant interior environment.

At the Hive Entrance has been helpful, and I need to re-read it. However it can also be deceptive. This past spring, I lost two splits when queens died (or failed to mate?), and even after re-queening, failed to thrive. At the entrance, though, all seemed normal. This is something I need to re-visit.

I am currently reading Maeterlinck's book. It is very interesting. Not instructional, but a philosophical way of looking at bees that appears to be written in response to "scientific" studies (not sure about this exactly). Maeterlinck is not a "spiritual science" advocate (like Steiner), but is definitely infatuated and amazed by bees -- it is a kind of love letter to beekeeping, driven by a spiritual intuition while not advocating for a particular faith. In fact, Maeterlinck goes to great lengths not to mention a "Creator"; instead, he appears to be advocating for a kind of superorganism-driven "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" kind of understanding of bee nature. The writing is certainly old-fashioned, and occasionally tortuous, but is also careful and appreciative, making for an interesting read. The book is currently free on Amazon, too!

Just want to say how cool this forum is! I've read a few books on the histories of beekeeping, and if I can ever get my hand on Eva Crane's Archeology of Beekeeping, I'd be very happy!

http://www.biobees.com/library/general_beekeeping/beekeeping_books_articles/ConstructiveBeekeeping_EdClarke.pdf
http://www.biobees.com/library/general_beekeeping/beekeeping_books_articles/At%20the%20Hive%20Entrance.pdf
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Bee-Maurice-Maeterlinck-ebook/dp/B004TQVKKK/

aunt betty
09-26-2015, 06:06 PM
I kind of like Playboy and Hustler myself. :)
(giggle)



My favorite bee book is Beekeeping in the Midwest which is out of print now I guess.


My dentist's assistant told me a bee joke yesterday and I guess it should go here.


How do you scare honey bees?

Boo bees.

Get it? lol

Jtalfred
09-26-2015, 09:55 PM
Try this:
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/113008#page/7/mode/1up
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has a lot of books scanned that no longer under copywrite.

aunt betty
09-27-2015, 06:05 PM
Try this:
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/113008#page/7/mode/1up
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has a lot of books scanned that no longer under copywrite.

Brings back memories of that first summer I had bees 35+ years ago. Recall reading the part on swarm prevention many times.

Thanks!

naturebee
09-29-2015, 03:20 PM
msscha,

I can't recall the source, but I have read top entrances recommended for south and bottom entrances recommended for Northern beeks. Be sure to provide adequate ventilation regardless of using foam etc. Excess humidity inside the hive can cause stress on the bees. If you notice secondary disease like sac brood or chalk brood, this can be an indication of stress on a colony.

See my collection of bee literature here:
https://www.pinterest.com/naturebee/beekeeping-literature/

Joe
https://www.facebook.com/Historical.Honeybee.Articles

Rader Sidetrack
09-29-2015, 03:57 PM
The 'Resources' area of Beesource, has an extensive collection of USDA 'beekeeping' studies and papers ...
https://www.beesource.com/resources/usda/
... no copyright on USDA documents.