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Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees

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Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees

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Discover whether honey beekeeping is right for you, and find out everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide to a fascinating and rewarding pastime. The author advises the beginner beekeeper on all things honeybee related, from starting your first hive and caring for your bees to harvesting your own honey.

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Beekeeping isn't just for the professional—bees can be kept in any situation from simple back gardens and rooftops to large expanses of farmland. As one third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade, beekeeping is a hugely rewarding hobby in many different ways. Discover whether honey beekeeping is right for you, and find out everything you need to know to keep and acquire bees in this updated guide. Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition will help novice beekeepers fully understand this exciting pastime. Dr. Norman Gary, a world-renowned honey bee expert and enthusiast, counsels beginners on all things honeybee related. He takes readers from finding bees and housing them to collecting honey and using their produce for pleasure and possible profit. With more than 100 fascinating colour photographs and tips and tricks acquired over half a century of beekeeping, this practical handbook is your first step toward a wonderful and rewarding lifelong hobby.

The book will show you how to: Start your own hive; Understand the life and times of honey bees; Care for your bees in each season and at every stage of life; Expand your apiary; Keep your neighbours happy; Educate others about bees; Get the most out of your new hobby.

Inside Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition: To Beekeep or Not to Beekeep; The World of Honey Bees; The Bees’ Home; Getting Started; Honey Bee Reproduction; Activity Inside the Hive; Activity Outside the Hive; Colony Defense & Sting Prevention; How to Manage Colonies; Honey & Other Hive Products; Fun Things to Do with Bees. Norman Gary received his PhD degree in Apiculture (the scientific study and management of honeybees), a very rare degree in the field of Entomology. After 3 years of postdoctoral research at Cornell, he joined the faculty at the University of California in 1962 as a professor and research scientist, a career that would last 32 years. Norman has published over 100 scientific papers and chapters in 4 books. Beginning in the ‘60s, he developed a secondary career in the entertainment world as a “bee wrangler,” training his favorite insect to perform in action scenes in movies, television shows, and commercials. He did bee scenes in 18 movies, working with about 40 well-known movie stars, appeared as a guest in more than 70 television shows, and did 6 commercials with bees. Norman is also an accomplished musician, playing professionally for 45 years, including his own Dixieland band, the Beez Kneez Jazz Band. He holds two Guinness world records for bee stunts, invented a patented bee apparatus and developed the “Thriller Bee Show” that was performed at fairs, festivals, and other events. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and 10 other professional organizations. Norman is now retired, after raising two children with his wife in Citrus Heights, CA.

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ISBN 9781620083154
Author Gary Norman
Book Type Paperback, 224 pages, Full-colour photos
Book Dimensions 225 x 175mm
Published December 2018
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