The Bee Book Beekeeping in Australia by Peter Warhurst & Roger Goebel
The round-and-round dance When bees locate nectar and honey less than 100 metres from their hive, they perform what is known as the round-and-round dance. Returning with their riches, bees will move around rapidly in small circles, which they reverse frequently, letting other bees know where to find the golden nectar. The dancing bee often shares the nectar before the ritual begins, prompting field bees to touch the dancer with their antennae before leaving to forage again.
The bee hook has been written and compiled by beekeepers who were also apiary officers of the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland. It draws on their personal experience and that of other beekeepers, as well as over 100 years of DPI&F research and experience. This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detailed information on honeybees and on every aspect of responsible, successful beekeeping whether as a hobby, a part-time occupation or a commercial operation. It also covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia where, in contrast to cooler areas, bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout winter. This third edition also deals with palletisation and the small hive beetle, and provides an expanded list of agricultural chemicals, with information on their known toxicities to bees.