Bee Knowledgable – Links

There are vast tracts of pages, papers, blogs, information about honey bees, beekeeping, bee products, etc. available on the Internet. I am listing some links here that I have found interesting, useful, amusing, etc.

Caveat lector! That means … “Reader beware.” The bar to entry for creating content on the Internet is to have fingers. I can’t vouch for the quality or veracity of every page that is here. Think of this page as my personal bee-related bookmark list that I am sharing, possibly with some annotations. If you find links that have rotted, or rotten content at the end of a link, contact me and let me know.

Bee Hive and Comb Construction

The Miraculous Space Efficiency of Honeycomb : Hexagons and the science of packing. (Marc Chamberland, 2015 article in Slate). Why do bees and wasps build comb and nests in hexagonal shapes? Here is some math.

Bee Space : A gap in a natural nest bees don’t fill up (David Cushman, n.d.). I always refer back to here when I forget the “exact” dimensions of “bee space.”

Beekeeping Pages

BeeSource Pages. Some resources and links that have evolved around the forum.

Dave Cushman’s Beekeeping Pages. Although Dave passed away in 2011, his web pages live on, maintained by his good friend Roger Patterson. A lifetime collection of beekeeping wisdom from a British beekeeper. Worth browsing, even though they are getting a little bit dated in some areas.

Beekeeper Forums and Chats

BeeSource Forums. You will see opinions: factual, fatuous and everything in between on a public forum like this. The community is quite varied, with beeks from all parts of the country/world and from all different angles of beekeeping. Worth visiting and skimming for topics of interest.

Beekeeping Forums. An international forum. I am not sure that this one is still significantly active. Not many posts.

Varroa Mites

ARS Microscopy Research Helps Unravel the Workings of a Major Honey Bee Pest. A summary of Dr. Samuel Ramsey’s work in showing that mites feed on fat bodies, not hemolymph as originally believe. Contains a link to the research paper.

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