Cover

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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraphs

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

Honey bees are one of nature’s most interesting and beneficial insects. Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or even a full-time occupation. To be an effective beekeeper it is extremely important to have a good understanding...

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

When I returned to beekeeping after a long absence, it was not for the sweetness of the honey, the big pollination fees, or the therapy of the stings; it was for the bees. I had never really satisfied my curiosity: What was going on inside those...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xviii

Maintaining one’s beekeeping skills requires continuous learning, and while much knowledge may be gained by observing honey bees and by reading books, magazines, and online materials, even more can be learned by exchanging information...

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1. Benefits of Observing Honey Bees at Home

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pp. 1-4

Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi has it right. You can learn a lot just by watching. The trouble is, observing honey bees—fascinating social insects that they are, and as necessary as...

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2. Preparing for and Selecting an Observation Hive

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pp. 5-20

Before obtaining and setting up an observation hive, take time to plan and make initial preparations. For example, you need to
• understand the nature of the activity and prepare to practice beekeeping with an observation hive...

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3. Installing Your Observation Hive

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pp. 21-34

This chapter addresses various factors to consider when installing your observation hive, including selecting a location for the hive itself, precautions to take regarding the location of the hive’s entrance, and modifications...

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4. Working an Observation Hive

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pp. 35-54

Working an observation hive is generally easier than working a standard hive. You need not open it as frequently for routine inspections, as you can already see what is going on inside. Also, you can plan your...

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5. Maintaining Your Observation Hive

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pp. 55-62

Apart from dealing with pests, parasites, and other issues, a certain amount of general maintenance needs to be done on the hive and for the colony. These tasks include keeping feed on the hive, keeping the hive warm...

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6. Observation Hives in Public Spaces

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pp. 63-70

Observation hives in public spaces are of two types. The first is found in nature centers, science museums, natural history museums, and the like. These hives are placed in permanent locations, have bees in them...

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7. Bee Photography and Your Observation Hive

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pp. 71-74

Having an observation hive not only makes it convenient for you to learn about honey bee colony behaviors but also makes it easier to capture those behaviors in photographs and videos. To take photos and videos you need...

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8. Things to Try with Your Observation Hive

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pp. 75-80

Many things can be tried with your observation hive. Not only can you observe the behaviors of individual bees and of the colony as a whole but you can quantify them as well. A colony monitoring device such as a...

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A Closing Word

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pp. 81-82

By now I imagine you have a good idea of which observation hive is best for you, where you will install it, how you will prepare the hive and its location, where you will work the hive, how you will maintain it, and what...

Appendix: Selection and Installation Checklist

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pp. 83-84

Bibliography

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pp. 85-86

Index

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pp. 87-91