The Hive and the Honey Bee

Dadant's The Hive and the Honeybee.

Dadant’s The Hive and the Honeybee.

Well, after too many decades, I’ve finally got the knack of keeping Wyoming bees. But that’s going to change as I’ll be moving to the Atlantic coastal plan in South Carolina. It’s time for a change and I’m looking forward to it. I just hope it doesn’t unfold like my last Florida fiasco.

As I don’t know a thing about keeping bees in SC, it was time for a little research. Google provided an interesting list of clubs and contacts. But like most of the internet, Googled information was a mile wide and an inch deep. Not much specifics.

I suspect there are some valuable, but well hidden Atlantic coastal beekeeping sites. They might just take more time to find.

In the interim, I pulled out my copy of Dadant’s The Hive and the Honey Bee. It’s been awhile since I’ve had it in hand. But what a joy to peruse those once familiar pages.

Sometimes I prefer a more narrow but deep information source than the internet. That’s where The Hive and the Honeybee comes in. Last revised in 1992, it’s time for an update, especially in the disease section. But even 20 years after its last revision, this book stands the test of time and is a must have for every beekeeper.

Check it out.